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Born in Medway - Carry On films producer dies

Peter Rogers was educated at the King's School, Rochester
Peter Rogers was educated at the King's School, Rochester

The man behind the Carry On films, Peter Rogers, who died earlier this week, was born in Rochester.

Peter, 95, died on Tuesday, he had produced the entire Carry On series, from 1958 to 1978.

He began his career as a journalist before becoming a screenwriter and producer, the first of which, Carry On Sergeant became a huge success.

When on set he apparently ruled it with a iron rod and was famously tight-fisted, once saying he would "do anything for my actors except pay them".

He rarely spent more than £200,000 on a film and top stars like Sid James and Kenneth Williams took home a maximum of £5,000 a film.

The women got around half as much, with Barbara Windsor getting just £3,000 and Joan Sims getting even less with a, £2,500 pay packet. These were apparently one-off payments with no share of royalties.

Peter was born on February 20, 1914 and educated at the King’s School, Rochester.

After leaving school he began his career as a reporter on the Kentish Express, in Ashford, which owned by the KM Group.

Moving to the theatre in the late 1930s, worked on West End productions before returning to journalism, he worked for a while on Picture Post, then became a radio scriptwriter for the BBC and carried on working in television until the early 1990.

At the time of his death he was working as executive producer on a new Carry On film, Carry On London, which remains in production.

His wife, Betty, died in 1999.

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