Dick Clement

"Richard Clement" redirects here. For the American historian, see Richard Clement Wade. For persons with the similar surname, see Richard Clements.
Dick Clement
Born (1937-09-05) 5 September 1937
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England
Occupation Screenwriter
Nationality British
Period 1964–present
Genre Television
Spouse Nancy Campbell Clement (1982–present)

Dick Clement, OBE (born 5 September 1937) is an English writer known for his writing partnership with Ian La Frenais. They are most famous for television series including The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Early life

Born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Clement was educated at Bishop's Stortford College, and then spent a year in the United States on an exchange visit. Upon his return, he completed his National Service with the Royal Air Force. He then joined the BBC as a studio manager and started writing scripts and comedy sketches.[1]

Writing partnership with Ian La Frenais

Clement and La Frenais write comedies, or dramas with a comic tone. In addition to The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet they have also written various other works for television and a number of films, including The Commitments (1991) (with Roddy Doyle), Goal! (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Across the Universe (2007) and The Bank Job (2008). They also wrote film versions of some of their television successes, which Clement himself usually directed.

Both have been resident in the United States since the 1980s and have worked on such series as Tracey Takes On..., as well as uncredited script doctoring on films like Never Say Never Again (1983), The Rock (1996) and Bad Boys II (2003).[2] They also continue to write for British television. Clement was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list.

Writing Credits (with Ian La Frenais)

Spies of Warsaw (2013)


  1. Richard Webster; Dick Clement; Ian la Frenais (2001). Porridge The Inside Story. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7472-3294-6.
  2. BBC News (2007-07-16). "Clement and La Frenais' comic chemistry". Retrieved 2007-07-17.

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