Some of Britain’s biggest TV celebs have been leaving their tributes today after Mr Chips, one of the world’s most famous stars of the small screen, passed away in a nursing facility near Southend On Sea. His sister confirmed the news earlier this morning, and his millions of fans around the world are now beginning to come to terms with the death of ‘Mr Saturday Early Evening.’

In a family statement, sister Nigella Chips said: ‘It is with regret that I inform you all that my darling brother Roger Chips passed away peacefully this morning after a short but courageous battle against a Trojan virus. Myself and the rest of his family respectfully ask for our privacy to be respectfully honoured at this difficult time, and we will confirm his funeral arrangements once he has been fully archived to a USB stick for burial in his requested resting place overlooking the seafront in Westcliff On Sea.’

Our showbiz correspondent Mortimer Squoo said that Mr Chips was responsible for single-handedly carrying game show Catchphrase and the rest of ITV through the 1980s and 1990s. He said: ‘Mr Chips will be remembered as the man who saved ITV, it’s as simple as that. He had a difficult relationship with Roy Walker, everyone knows that, and everyone was devastated when he was diagnosed with repetitive ear syndrome in 2003 – doctors confirmed that this was a result of performing on screen to the same cheesy, soul-destroying and melody-less background music over and over again.’

We sort-of contacted his longtime showbiz partner and TV legend Roy Walker for a comment, but he was unable to respond. In a later probably-fictional Facebook post, he said: ‘Goodbye Mr Chips – I’m devastated to say that you’re out of time now. Your doctors suggested trying AVG to fight the virus ….. that idea was good, but it wasn’t the one.’

A spokesperson for some huge and unidentified UK-wide computing retail giant said: ‘Once again another cherished global superstar has passed away due to using a free antivirus package. We constantly tell our customers that free virus software will always end in tragic consequences, and yet again we have been proved correct. Terribly sad.’