Eric Chappell

Eric Chappell (born 1933, Grantham, Lincolnshire) is an English comedy writer who wrote and co-wrote a number of the UK's biggest sitcom hits during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. His successes include The Squirrels, Rising Damp, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder, Duty Free, Singles, Haggard, Home to Roost and Fiddlers Three.[1]

Eric Chappell
BornEric Chappell
Grantham, Lincolnshire,
Notable worksThe Squirrels (1974–1977)
Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Only When I Laugh (1979–1982)
Misfits (1981)
The Bounder (1982–1983)
Duty Free (1984–1986)
Home to Roost (1985–1990)
Singles (1984–1991)
Natural Causes (1988)
Haggard (1990–1992)
Fiddlers Three (1991)

He also wrote the stage plays The Banana Box (later turned into the sitcom Rising Damp); Only When I Laugh (based on the earlier sitcom); Natural Causes; Theft and Dead Reckoning.


  1. Born: Grantham, Lincs. "Eric Chappell | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-03-25.

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