It seems the sad new just won't stop coming today. We had only just heard that The Good Life star Richard Briers had passed away when news broke about the sad passing of Derek Batey.

The renound broadcaster was probably best known for his role as the host of TV game show Mr and Mrs between 1964 and 1980. The show is now hosted by Philip Schofield and Fearne Britton. He also hosted chat show Look Who's Talking between 1973 and 1975.

It's understood that Mr Batey, aged 84, died in Blackpool's Trinity Hospice last night. Reports suggest he had recently become ill on holiday in the USA.

"Derek was a people person, who was never happier than when he was talking to either a prince or a pauper," ex-ITV producer and director Harry King told local newspaper News & Star. "He would do interviews with prime ministers and he could also talk comfortably to the lady next door. It was a great skill which he had."