Tag: Bruce Forsyth

  • Bruce Forsyth’s Hot Streak
    Bruce Forsyth’s Hot Streak

    There are some incongruous things to be found in the annals of TV history. Like the time when Rod Hull sat down next to Richard Pryor on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, or when Bruce Forsyth appeared on Magnum P.I. Wait, what? (Many thanks to the Cheapshow podcast for the heads up) This marked…

  • Bruce And Leslie Bring The Stork
    Bruce And Leslie Bring The Stork

    Margarine. Ah, lovely margarine. A by-product of rationing, and an overturned lorry. Who doesn’t love smearing fat across bread? This is how Stork was trying to boost its sales in the early 1970s. And then Stork realised that the perfect person to flog their palm oil spread was … … Bruce Forsyth. And you know,…

  • Cannon And Ball (At Last)
    Cannon And Ball (At Last)

    I don’t know why I can’t enjoy Cannon and Ball to be honest, but I struggle to watch them. This is a good appearance, with some great timing, and some brilliant physical comedy, and yet. Look out for Bobby accidentally dropping at F-bomb near the beginning, and pay attention to Tommy’s exasperated ‘at last’ as…

  • Takeover Bid
    Takeover Bid

    Let’s have a quick look at Bruce’s return to the BBC, after his sojourn over on ITV. Takeover Bid is a rather neat idea, albeit with far too long a wait to get to the meat of the game. The theme tune is a real ear worm though, and the graphics were made on a…

  • A Couple Of Boxing Day Specials
    A Couple Of Boxing Day Specials

    You don’t really associate Boxing Day with specials, but by design, there must be plenty of them out there. Take this one for example, which is Dave Allen’s special from Boxing Day in 1984, and opens with a remarkable sketch. The show was written by Dave Allen and Peter Vincent. After Ronnie Barker retired, Auntie…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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