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Hugh Paddick
Hugh William Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000)[1] was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC
BBC
radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as "Charles and Fiona" (as Charles) and "Julian and Sandy" (as Julian).[2][3] Both he and Kenneth Williams are largely responsible for introducing the underground language polari to the British public.[4] Paddick also enjoyed success as Percival Browne in the original West End production of The Boy Friend, in 1954.[2][5]Contents1 Biography 2 Films 3 Television 4 Theatre 5 Radio 6 References 7 External linksBiography[edit] Born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Paddick preferred theatre to any other form of acting and spent most of his life on the stage, from his first role while at acting school in 1937[6] until his retirement. He appeared in the original Drury Lane
Drury Lane
production of My Fair Lady
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New Wimbledon Theatre
The New Wimbledon Theatre
Wimbledon Theatre
is situated on the Broadway, Wimbledon, London, in the London
London
Borough of Merton. It is a Grade II listed Edwardian theatre built by the theatre lover and entrepreneur, J B Mulholland.[1] Built on the site of a large house with spacious grounds, the theatre was designed by Cecil Aubrey Massey and Roy Young (possibly following a 1908 design by Frank H Jones).[1] It seems to have been the only British theatre to have included a Victorian-style Turkish bath in the basement.[2] The theatre opened on 26 December 1910 with the pantomime Jack and Jill. The theatre was very popular between the wars, with Gracie Fields, Sybil Thorndike, Ivor Novello, Markova and Noël Coward
Noël Coward
all performing there. Lionel Bart's Oliver!
Oliver!
received its world premiere at the theatre in 1960 before transferring to the West End's New Theatre
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Commander
Commander
Commander
is a common naval and air force officer rank. Commander
Commander
is also used as a rank or title in other formal organisations, including several police forces. Commander
Commander
is also a generic term for an officer commanding any armed forces unit, for example "platoon commander", "brigade commander" and "squadron commander"
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Comedy Playhouse
Comedy Playhouse is a long-running British anthology series of one-off unrelated sitcoms that aired for 120 episodes from 1961 to 1975
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Tell Tarby
Tell Tarby was a British television comedy series which aired in 1973. Cast included Jimmy Tarbuck, Lynda Bellingham, Josephine Tewson, Stanley Unwin, and Frank Williams
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The Wednesday Play
The Wednesday Play
The Wednesday Play
is an anthology series of British television plays which ran on BBC1 from October 1964 to May 1970. The plays were usually written for television, although adaptations from other sources also featured. The series gained a reputation for presenting contemporary social dramas, and for bringing issues to the attention of a mass audience that would not otherwise have been discussed on screen. Some of British television drama's most influential, and controversial, plays were shown in this slot, including Up the Junction and Cathy Come Home
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Frankie Howerd
Francis Alick "Frankie" Howerd, OBE (6 March 1917 – 19 April 1992)[1] was an English comedian and comic actor whose career, described by fellow comedian Barry Cryer
Barry Cryer
as "a series of comebacks",[2] spanned six decades.Contents1 Early career 2 Career revival 3 Later career 4 Personal life 5 Death 6 Legacy 7 Works7.1 Recordings7.1.1 Singles 7.1.2 Albums7.2 Radio 7.3 Television 7.4 Video 7.5 Selected filmography8 Selected bibliography 9 References 10 External linksEarly career[edit] Howerd was born the son of soldier Francis Alfred William[3] (1887–1934)[4] and Edith Florence Howard[3] (née Morrison, 1888–1962),[3][4] at the City Hospital in York, England, in 1917 (not 1922 as he later claimed)
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Benny Hill
Alfred Hawthorne "Benny" Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill
Benny Hill
Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with him at the focus of almost every segment. A prominent figure in British culture
British culture
for nearly four decades, his show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy
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The Strange World Of Gurney Slade
The Strange World of Gurney Slade is a six-part British television series made by ATV and first transmitted by the ITV network between 22 October and 26 November 1960. History[edit] A surreal series devised by Anthony Newley, who also starred, it was written by Dick Hills and Sid Green.[1] Unusually for a comedy show on British television, the series was shot entirely on 35mm film; the first three episodes (bar the opening scene of the series) were shot on location, while the rest of the series was studio-bound. The series follows the character of Gurney Slade, played by Newley, through a series of mundane environments with fantastical elements. Slade is the only continuing character, and is often heard in voice-over expressing his thoughts. Though we learn much about the character's inner life, we learn very little of Gurney Slade's history or background
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Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
(/ˈhɑːrtfərdʃɪər/ ( listen)[n 1]; often abbreviated Herts) is a county in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
to the north, Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
to the north-east, Essex
Essex
to the east, Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
to the west and Greater London
Greater London
to the south. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England
England
region. In 2013, the county had a population of 1,140,700[2] living in an area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2).[3] Four towns have between 50,000 and 100,000 residents: Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford
Watford
and St Albans
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That's Your Funeral
That's Your Funeral
That's Your Funeral
was a BBC
BBC
sitcom from 1971 about a North of England funeral director called Basil Bulstrode (Bill Fraser). Storylines used many urban legends about the funeral industry. It was axed after one series. A very similar theme was used far more successfully in the ITV sitcom In Loving Memory.Contents1 Film 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksFilm[edit]UK theatrical poster - cinema versionIn 1972, the sitcom was adapted into a film version by Hammer Films.[1] The plot concerns a rival undertaker's firm being used as a front for drug smuggling
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PG Tips
PG Tips is a brand of tea in the United Kingdom, manufactured by Unilever
Unilever
UK.Contents1 Brand name 2 Products 3 Advertising3.1 The Tipps family 3.2 The T-Birds 3.3 Monkey 3.4 A Tale of Two Continents4 PG Tips and sustainability 5 See also 6 Slogans 7 Notes 8 External linksBrand name[edit] In the 1930s, Brooke Bond
Brooke Bond
launched PG Tips in the tea market in the United Kingdom under the name Pre-Gestee - a variant of the original name 'Digestive Tea'. The name implied that it could be drunk prior to eating food, as a digestive aid. Grocers and salesmen abbreviated it to PG.[1] After the Second World War, labelling regulations ruled out describing tea as aiding digestion—a property that had been attributed to tea—and by 1950/1 the PG name was adopted
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Sykes
Sykes
Sykes
is a British sitcom
British sitcom
that aired on BBC
BBC
1 from 1972 to 1979. Starring Eric Sykes
Eric Sykes
and Hattie Jacques, it was written by Sykes, who had previously starred with Jacques in Sykes and a... (1960–1965) and Sykes and a Big, Big Show (1971).[1] Forty-three of the 1970s colour episodes were remakes of scripts for the 1960s black and white series, such as "Bus" based on ' Sykes
Sykes
and a Following' from 1964 and the episode "Stranger" with guest star Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
based on 'Sykes and a Stranger' from 1961. Sykes
Sykes
had the same premise as Sykes
Sykes
and A... with Sykes, Jacques, Richard Wattis
Richard Wattis
and Deryck Guyler reprising their former identical roles
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The Killing Of Sister George
The Killing of Sister George is a 1964 play by Frank Marcus that was later adapted into a 1968 film directed by Robert Aldrich.Contents1 Stage version 2 Radio
Radio
adaptation 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksStage version[edit] Sister George is a beloved character in the popular radio series Applehurst, a nurse who ministers to the medical needs and personal problems of the local villagers. She is played by June Buckridge, who in real life is a gin-guzzling, cigar-chomping, slightly sadistic masculine woman, the antithesis of the sweet character she plays. She is often called George in real life, and lives with Alice "Childie" McNaught, a younger dimwitted woman she often verbally and sometimes physically abuses. When George discovers that her character is scheduled to be killed, she becomes increasingly impossible to work and live with
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The Basil Brush Show
The Basil Brush
Basil Brush
Show is a British children's television sitcom series, starring the glove puppet fox Basil Brush. It was produced for six series by The Foundation, airing on C BBC
BBC
from 4 October 2002 to 21 December 2007
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The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)
The Morecambe & Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally broadcast by BBC
BBC
television and the third TV series by English comedy double-act Morecambe and Wise. It began airing in 1968 on BBC2, specifically because it was then the only channel broadcasting in colour, following the duo's move to the BBC
BBC
from ATV, where they had made Two of a Kind since 1961. The Morecambe & Wise Show was popular enough to be moved to BBC1, with its Christmas specials garnering prime-time audiences in excess of 20 million, some of the largest in British television history. After their 1977 Christmas show Morecambe and Wise
Morecambe and Wise
left the BBC
BBC
and signed with Thames Television, marking their return to the ITV network
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