TONY Garnett, producer of the hit film Kes, has died aged 83.

The actor turned TV and film producer and founder of World Productions, died yesterday following a short illness.

Born in Birmingham, Tony collaborated with director Ken Loach and together they produced the 1969 film Kes, based on the book a kestrel for a knave, written by Barry Hines, who was from Hoyland.

World Productions announced the news via its Twitter page which said: “After a short illness, Tony Garnett, the legendary TV and 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.”

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Last year, Tony visited Barnsley when a plaque was installed on the front of Barry Hines’ former home as a tribute to the author.