Paul Ritter makes poignant final TV appearance in Friday Night Dinner special

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Paul Ritter made a poignant final TV appearance in a Friday Night Dinner: 10 Years and A Lovely Bit of Squirrel.

The actor, who passed away in April aged just 54-years-old, appeared in the pre-recorded show to talk about his main role in the sitcom.

Despite being mid-treatment for his illness, Paul was determined to film the programme.

Speaking before the late star appeared on screen, a voiceover explained: " "At the time of filming this doc, Paul Ritter was suffering from a severe illness, which would eventually, sadly take his life.

"But Paul still wanted to take part to show his appreciation and share his insights into the wonderful comedy creation of Martin Goodman."

Paul then could be seen sitting in front of the camera talking about his love of the show.

"I would be nothing without it. No. I'm serious. It was the great career gift," he said.

"In terms of interesting parts it has been absolutely everything to me."

Talking about the weird and wonderful situations Martin has found himself in including helping to carry a frozen fox through the house with his sons.

He added: "I have enjoyed the extraordinary scenes we do.

"I love those episodes. You get to see what Martin is like at his most devious."

Earlier on in the programme actress Tamsin Greig revealed she had advised Paul to take part.

In a tribute, she said: "We all miss him terribly, incredible actor, a true friend and a lovely human being.

"Sadly at the time of making the documentary, Paul was pretty unwell and to be honest – don't tell the producers – I did try and persuade him not to do the interview.

"But it is testament to Paul’s courage and generosity and dignity and complete lack of vanity that he wanted to participate in the documentary, do an interview and to really celebrate this little world that he's been a part of and that he's enjoyed so much over the years."

Paul passed away from a brain tumour in April, with his passing confirmed by his agent.

A statement read: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night.

"He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.

"Paul was an exceptionally talented actor, playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill."

  • Channel 4

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