Phillip Oakes (Philip Barlow Oakes)

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Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
The scriptwriter and broadcaster Phillip Oakes was best known for his screenplay of The Punch and Judy Man, the 1962 bitter-sweet comedy vehicle for Tony Hancock.

Oakes and Hancock were neighbours in Surrey in the early sixties and the comedian had given Oakes the idea for a screenplay. The film was fraught with production difficulties, not least Hancock's marital and alcohol problems. Slated on its initial release by critics, it is now widely regarded as a comedy classic. In 1975 Oakes went on to write a revealing memoir of Hancock.

Oakes was born in 1928 at Burselm.