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Raised in Kent - Carry On films producer dies

Peter Rogers was born in Rochester and started his career as a journalist in Ashford
Peter Rogers was born in Rochester and started his career as a journalist in Ashford

Born and educated in Rochester, the man behind the Carry On films has died.

Peter Rogers, 95, died on Tuesday. He had produced the entire Carry On series, from 1958 to 1978 afer starting work as a journalist in Ashford.

He was born on February 20, 1914 and went to the King's School, Rochester.

After leaving school he began his career as a reporter on the Kentish Express in Ashford, which is owned by the KM Group, before before becoming a screenwriter and film 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.

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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