Caroline Aherne

Opinion: How Caroline Aherne Made Northern Comedy Universal

For me, and maybe for many others, Caroline Aherne will always be inextricably linked with the north. The umpteen obituaries and tributes have quite rightly placed her in lineage tying together Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and a plethora of great often working class northern stand-up comedians. Aherne had a way with language that was both heightened and naturalistic. And, of course, while she had those ties with the north she was universally loved. The Royle Family changed the sitcom landscape. 

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News: Tributes Flood In For Caroline Aherne

Tributes to Caroline Aherne, whose death from cancer was announced today, have been flooding in. 

Tania Alexander, who created C4's Gogglebox, which Aherne narrated, tweeted: "Beyond sad about the loss of my dear pal Caroline Aherne - she was funny, clever and a huge inspiration to me."

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