Tributes paid to "true visionary" producer of Cathy Come Home and Kes who has died aged 83

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by David Prior

Film and TV producer Tony Garnett, best known for his collaboration with Ken Loach which resulted in seminal classics including Cathy Come Home and Kes, has died at the age of 83.

A statement from World Productions, the company he founded in 1990, read: "After a short illness, Tony Garnett, the legendary TV & Film Producer and founder of World Productions, died around midday on January 12.

“Tony was a great man and an inspirational producer who will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”

Starting out as an actor, Garnett met Loach in the 1960s and worked with him for 13 years.

He also produced series including BBC dramas This Life and Between the Lines.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Loach said: "He understood the basic conflict at the heart of society, between those with power who exploit, and those who are exploited."

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio said he was "an inspirational figure who'll be greatly missed", while actress Maxine Peake described Garnett as "a true visionary, and fearless to boot".