I'm afraid that I've only just picked up on the sad news of the death of Ken Taylor, father of former Truro MP Matthew.
Ken was a screenwriter of some renown and will be best remembered for adapting The Jewel in the Crown for TV, although I recall he was also rather proud of The Camomile Lawn which dealt with rather racy themes (for 1982) and got dubbed Camomile Porn by some wag.
Tim Pigott-Smith has written a good obituary in the Guardian, concentrating on Ken's professional career.
I knew Ken and his wife Jill through Matthew and because they very kindly gave me a bed for a couple of weeks when I started working in the House of Commons during a gap year after leaving school. Matthew, as my MP, had got me work with Paddy Ashdown and also kindly volunteered his old room in his parents' house. I was never quite sure whether he checked with them first. But Ken and Jill were magnificently welcoming and hospitable and it was rather weird to be staying in a room decorated with pictures from Matthew's student activism days - long hair, long coat, moody looks and all.
My thoughts are with Jill, Pam, Matthew, Vikki and Simon.