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Caryl Brahms (Doris Caroline Abrahams); Ned Sherrin

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© Denis Waugh / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Caryl Brahms (Doris Caroline Abrahams); Ned Sherrin

by Denis Waugh
chromogenic print, February 1981
12 in. x 15 1/2 in. (304 mm x 394 mm)
Given by Denis Waugh, 1986
Photographs Collection
NPG x32374

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  • Denis Waugh (1942-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 25 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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The writer and critic Caryl Brahms met the writer and broadcaster Ned Sherrin in 1954 when she agreed to help him adapt her comedy novel No Bed for Bacon (1941) as a stage musical. Their partnership developed over the following twenty-eight years to produce seven books, many radio and television scripts and several plays and musicals. One of their most celebrated collaborations were the topical songs that opened each episode of the 1960s satirical news programme That Was The Week That Was.

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Current affairs

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral. A crowd of 600,000 spectators filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple, and 750 million viewers watched the event on television. The iconic moment came when Charles and Diana appeased the crowds by breaking royal protocol and kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Art and science

Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opens in the West End. The show ran for 21 years.
Brideshead Revisited, the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh, is adapted for television by John Mortimer. The lavish production featured an all-star cast of Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and John Gielgud, setting the bar high for future TV costume dramas.


Pope John Paul II is shot by a Turkish gunman in St Peter's Square in Rome. John Paul was rushed to hospital where he recovered, and Mehmet Ali Agca was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment.
HIV AIDS is identified in five men in Los Angeles.

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