Carla Lane is one of Britain's best-loved television writers. An obsessive writer who managed to fit her work around two sons, a husband and a dog, she first hit fame in 1970 with The Liver Birds and went onto write award-winning series such as Solo, Mistress, Bread, Screaming and Luv. Much of her work is inspired by Liverpool, where she grew up. Lane was awarded the OBE in 1989. She is an tireless campaigner for animal rights and has done a huge amount to support many animal charities.