Bill Cotton

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Sir William Frederick Cotton (23 April 1928 – 11 August 2008 ) was a British television producer and executive, and the son of big-band leader Billy Cotton.wikipedia
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Fearne Cotton

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The TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton is related to him, as he was her paternal grandfather's cousin.
Former BBC executive Bill Cotton (1928–2008) was her paternal grandfather's cousin.

The Two Ronnies

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In this position, Cotton was responsible for overseeing the production of a whole series of popular and iconic comedy programmes, including The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968–77), Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), The Two Ronnies (1971–87), Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (first run 1971–77) and Look: Mike Yarwood (1971-76).
The Two Ronnies is a British television comedy sketch show created by Bill Cotton for the BBC, which aired on BBC One from April 1971 to December 1987.

The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968 TV series)

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In this position, Cotton was responsible for overseeing the production of a whole series of popular and iconic comedy programmes, including The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968–77), Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), The Two Ronnies (1971–87), Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (first run 1971–77) and Look: Mike Yarwood (1971-76).
Grade's refusal to grant them a series in colour led to their agent, Michael Grade (who happened to be Lew Grade's nephew) contacting Bill Cotton, the Head of Variety at BBC television.

The Generation Game

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In this position, Cotton was responsible for overseeing the production of a whole series of popular and iconic comedy programmes, including The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968–77), Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), The Two Ronnies (1971–87), Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (first run 1971–77) and Look: Mike Yarwood (1971-76).
Bill Cotton, the BBC's Head of Light Entertainment, believed that Forsyth was best for the job.

Billy Cotton

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Sir William Frederick Cotton (23 April 1928 – 11 August 2008 ) was a British television producer and executive, and the son of big-band leader Billy Cotton.
They had two sons, Ted and Sir Bill Cotton, who later became the BBC's managing director of television.

Alan Hart (television executive)

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In 1981, he was replaced as controller of BBC1 by Alan Hart and made the BBC's deputy managing director of television under Alasdair Milne.
In 1981 BBC1 Controller Bill Cotton was promoted, and Hart was chosen to succeed him.

Mike Yarwood

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In this position, Cotton was responsible for overseeing the production of a whole series of popular and iconic comedy programmes, including The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968–77), Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), The Two Ronnies (1971–87), Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (first run 1971–77) and Look: Mike Yarwood (1971-76).
Yarwood's career peaked during the 1970s when he was one of a stable of stars under the BBC Light Entertainment impresario Bill Cotton, alongside Bruce Forsyth, Dick Emery, Morecambe and Wise, Val Doonican and the Two Ronnies, all these performers having started their careers on ITV during the preceding decade.

Tom Sloan (television executive)

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In 1970, Cotton was promoted to Head of Light Entertainment, following the death of Tom Sloan in May.
He was succeeded by Bill Cotton.

BBC One

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Cotton's success as Head of Light Entertainment led to his promotion to Controller of BBC1, the Corporation's premier and the UK's oldest television station, in 1977.
In 1984, Bill Cotton become managing director of Television at the BBC, and set about overhauling BBC1, which had been slated for poor home grown shows, its heavy reliance on US imports, with Dallas and The Thorn Birds being BBC1's highest rated programmes and ratings being over 20% behind ITV.

Paul Jackson (producer)

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There was also a documentary about his career with Michael Grade, Bruce Forsyth, Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Terry Wogan, and Paul Jackson among those paying tribute, in addition to this a two-part documentary about his life and career was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on New Year's Eve 2008 and New Year's Day 2009 presented by Paul O'Grady.
PJP was eventually taken over by Noel Gay Television, a company chaired by the British entertainment executive, Bill Cotton.

Corporate title

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Sir William Frederick Cotton (23 April 1928 – 11 August 2008 ) was a British television producer and executive, and the son of big-band leader Billy Cotton.

Ardingly College

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Following a secondary education at the independent school Ardingly College, he joined BBC Television as an in-house producer of light entertainment programmes in 1956, working on various programmes such as his father's Billy Cotton Band Show and popular music programme Six-Five Special.

BBC Television

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Following a secondary education at the independent school Ardingly College, he joined BBC Television as an in-house producer of light entertainment programmes in 1956, working on various programmes such as his father's Billy Cotton Band Show and popular music programme Six-Five Special.

Light entertainment

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Following a secondary education at the independent school Ardingly College, he joined BBC Television as an in-house producer of light entertainment programmes in 1956, working on various programmes such as his father's Billy Cotton Band Show and popular music programme Six-Five Special.

Billy Cotton Band Show

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Following a secondary education at the independent school Ardingly College, he joined BBC Television as an in-house producer of light entertainment programmes in 1956, working on various programmes such as his father's Billy Cotton Band Show and popular music programme Six-Five Special.

Six-Five Special

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Following a secondary education at the independent school Ardingly College, he joined BBC Television as an in-house producer of light entertainment programmes in 1956, working on various programmes such as his father's Billy Cotton Band Show and popular music programme Six-Five Special.

Monty Python's Flying Circus

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In this position, Cotton was responsible for overseeing the production of a whole series of popular and iconic comedy programmes, including The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968–77), Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74), The Two Ronnies (1971–87), Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (first run 1971–77) and Look: Mike Yarwood (1971-76).

ITV (TV network)

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He oversaw some of the channel's highest-ever audience figures in 1979, although this was mostly due to the main opposition, ITV, being on strike for over two months.

Alasdair Milne

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In 1981, he was replaced as controller of BBC1 by Alan Hart and made the BBC's deputy managing director of television under Alasdair Milne.

Michael Grade

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There was also a documentary about his career with Michael Grade, Bruce Forsyth, Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Terry Wogan, and Paul Jackson among those paying tribute, in addition to this a two-part documentary about his life and career was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on New Year's Eve 2008 and New Year's Day 2009 presented by Paul O'Grady. During this final period at the BBC he was involved with Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell in the attempted cancellation of Doctor Who in 1985 after a run of 22 years on the BBC, a decision which became an 18-month hiatus following a tabloid backlash (the series wasn't completely axed until 1989).

Jonathan Powell (producer)

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During this final period at the BBC he was involved with Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell in the attempted cancellation of Doctor Who in 1985 after a run of 22 years on the BBC, a decision which became an 18-month hiatus following a tabloid backlash (the series wasn't completely axed until 1989).

Doctor Who

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During this final period at the BBC he was involved with Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell in the attempted cancellation of Doctor Who in 1985 after a run of 22 years on the BBC, a decision which became an 18-month hiatus following a tabloid backlash (the series wasn't completely axed until 1989).

ITV Meridian

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He was deputy chairman of Meridian Broadcasting from 1992 to 1996, then chairman until 2001.

Marie Curie (charity)

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Cotton was a Vice-President of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

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He received a BAFTA Fellowship Award in 1998.