7 October 2012 | wrs10
A long TV life
It is rather sad that someone who could secure regular TV work for well over a decade should be so little commented on. No doubt this is mainly due to the low key nature of his comedy, nothing "edgy" about it. It is hard to believe that more that 2/3 of his TV recordings were wiped. One "recording" that will never be wiped is the opening to his show moments after the BBC made a news announcement, unusually, between shows stating that President Kennedy had been shot. The incongruity of the news insert followed seconds later with the sheer silliness of a middle aged man playing reflections on a shop window in his standard opening is often rebroadcast when there is a documentary about Kennedy in order to comment on how ill-prepared the BBC was to handle such news.
His radio recordings were mostly kept and the BBC is currently rebroadcasting them so you can recapture what held the attention of audiences for years.