I’m sad to have lost a very good friend on Boxing Day after a long illness. David Kernan and I devised and produced the revue Dorothy Fields Forever (2001-02) which started at the Theatre Museum before long and successful runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre and the King’s Head Islington, where I was happy to mediate in disputes between the perfectionist David and the sometimes-disorganised Dan Crawford, who ran the theatre. I shall never forget David on television in That Was The Week That Was and in the musicals 1776, Our Man Crichton, A Little Night Music and of course in Side By Side By Sondheim, which he co-devised and starred in, along with Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie and Ned Sherrin.