Simon Carlyle, the creator of the BBC One comedy series Two Doors Down, has died aged 48, his manager has confirmed.
The Scottish sitcom stars Arabella Weir, Kieran Hodgson, Alex Norton and others, and was created and written by Gregor Sharp.
Ayr-based Carlyle wrote the show as a one-off special in 2013, before launching in 2016.
BBC Scotland’s head of commission Louise Thornton said staff were devastated by the news.
He added: “Simon is a huge writing talent, loved for his work on Two Doors Down and many other series.
„Our thoughts are with Simon’s family and friends and the cast and crew at Two Door Town.”
Carlyle’s manager, Amanda Davies, said she was known as a „supportive and nurturing collaborator”.
„I am deeply saddened to confirm that Simon Carlyle has died aged 48,” he said.
„Simon is a wonderful person and a major comedic talent. He is highly respected throughout the industry for the quality of his writing and as a kind, funny, supportive and nurturing collaborator.”
John Petrie, director of the BBC’s Comedy Commission, said that Carlyle had a wonderful comedic talent.
„His warm comedic voice shined through these characters, winning huge audience love and firmly establishing it as a long-running sitcom favorite,” he said.
Set around the residents of Latimer Crescent, Two Doors Town was nominated back for a seventh series in February.
The next six episodes of the new series are set to transfer to BBC One.
The sitcom’s production team said: „We are deeply saddened by this terrible news. Simon was a brilliant, funny, mercurial and wonderful man.
„He was central to all the work we did together and his loss will be deeply felt by all of us.”
Carlyle also wrote for the ITV comedy series Changing Ends, about Alan Carr growing up in the 1980s, and the BBC LGBT+ program Boy Meets Girl.
„Totalny pionier w sieci. Specjalista od piwa niezależny. Ewangelista popkultury. Miłośnik muzyki. Nieprzepraszający przedsiębiorca”.