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'Carry On' writer revisits his old East End haunts

PUBLISHED: 19:24 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

FIFTY years after the first 'Carry On' film had us all in stitches, the original screenwriter is returning to his home in East London. Norman Hudis, now 87, was born on Cannon Street-rd in Whitechapel in 1922 and spent his youth in the East End

By Michael Parker

FIFTY years after the first Carry On film had us all in stitches, the original screenwriter is returning to his home in East London.

Norman Hudis, now 87, was born on Cannon Street Road in Whitechapel in 1922 and spent his youth in the East End before getting a job as a reporter on the Hampstead & Highgate Express.

He was in the RAF for a time during the Second World War, when he began writing scripts for camp concerts.

Norman later began writing for Pinewood Studios.

But it was only when he began working for himself that he was noticed by producer Peter Rogers, who put him to writing Carry on Sergeant, which would become the first in a long line of successful Carry On films that would epitomise British comedy for decades.

He would go on to write the next five Carry On films, Carry On Nurse, Teacher, Constable, Regardless and Cruising.

Norman and his wife are returning to Britain from California as part of the 50th anniversary of Carry on Sergeant, to celebrate this iconic run of films.

His credits while living in America include Hawaii Five-O, The Saint, Buck Rogers and The Man From UNCLE.

He will be dropping by to see how the East End has changed, before visiting Pinewood Studios and signing his book No Laughing Matter at events around the country.

michael.parker@archant.co.uk

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