Lesley Land Obituary, Death – Lesley Land, a longtime publicist for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, has died. She was 41 years old at the time. Variety includes Land died unexpectedly at home last Friday. She had worked for Channel 4 for eight years, primarily on popular factual and entertainment programming. Before her death, she had just finished work on comedian David Baddiel’s anti-Semitism documentary “Jews Don’t Count.” “Everyone at Channel 4 is deeply saddened by the news that Lesley Land, our long-standing colleague and friend, passed away last Friday,” the network said in a statement.
“Lesley joined Channel 4 in 2014.” Over the last decade, she was the driving force behind many of Channel 4’s most memorable press campaigns, including ‘Gogglebox,’ ‘Baby Hospital,’ ‘The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan,’ ‘Stand Up To Cancer,’ ‘TFI Friday,’ ‘The Big Narstie Show,’ and ‘Miriam & Alan,’ which she delivered with her trademark flair and panache. Her most recent project was titled ‘Jews Don’t Count.’ She said she had never been more proud to be a part of a program.” “Lesley was a great friend, a generous coworker, and a lot of fun everywhere she went.” But, in the end, family was central to Lesley’s life. During this difficult time, our hearts go out to them. Everyone who knew her will miss her terribly.”
Friends and colleagues, as well as members of the film industry, have paid tribute to the well-known publicist. “She was simply a joy: fun and upbeat and insightful and boundlessly energetic,” Baddiel told Broadcast in an interview. “I was hoping to work with her again and am disappointed that I won’t be able to do so.” “There’s no one you’d rather be with at 3 a.m. pushing a Dalek up a ramp,” said Russell T. Davies, who worked on “Doctor Who” with Land. In the 1980s, her uncle, Michael Grade, famously cancelled ‘Doctor Who.’ ‘To hell with him!’ she’d yell, fiercely loving him.” “Heartbroken about Lesley Land,” Taylor Herring co-founder Cath Taylor tweeted. “Her brilliance, wit, and class were one in a million #riplesleyland my thoughts and love go to her family, colleagues at C4, and all the talented people who got to work with her.”” Land’s mother, Anita, father, and brother survive her.