A beautiful light has gone out.
Rest in peace, PETER O’TOOLE.

A beautiful light has gone out.

Rest in peace, PETER O’TOOLE.

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Rest in peace, RICHARD GRIFFITHS.  
Here are some of his finest UNCLE MONTY quotes from WITHNAIL & I.
I can never touch meat until it’s cooked. As a youth I used to weep in butchers’ shops.
It’s true, I crept the boards in my youth. But I never really had it in my blood, and that’s what’s so essential, isn’t it, theatrical zeal in the veins. Alas I have little more than vintage wine and memories. It is the most shattering experience of a young man’s life when he awakens and quite reasonably says to himself: “I will never play The Dane.” When that moment comes, one’s ambition ceases.
I mean to have you, even if it must be burglary!
I often wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford. A cat, rain, Vim under the sink, and both bars on. But old now, there is no true beauty without decay.
Sherry!? Oh no, no, no, no. I’ll fall straight into his trap. He’s so mauve. We don’t know what he’s planning.
Flowers are essentially tarts; prostitutes for the bees.

Rest in peace, RICHARD GRIFFITHS.  

Here are some of his finest UNCLE MONTY quotes from WITHNAIL & I.

I can never touch meat until it’s cooked. As a youth I used to weep in butchers’ shops.

It’s true, I crept the boards in my youth. But I never really had it in my blood, and that’s what’s so essential, isn’t it, theatrical zeal in the veins. Alas I have little more than vintage wine and memories. It is the most shattering experience of a young man’s life when he awakens and quite reasonably says to himself: “I will never play The Dane.” When that moment comes, one’s ambition ceases.

I mean to have you, even if it must be burglary!

I often wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford. A cat, rain, Vim under the sink, and both bars on. But old now, there is no true beauty without decay.

Sherry!? Oh no, no, no, no. I’ll fall straight into his trap. He’s so mauve. We don’t know what he’s planning.

Flowers are essentially tarts; prostitutes for the bees.

Give us a smile:

CLEMENT FREUD
Grandson of Sigmund, brother of painter Lucian, father to Emma and father-in-law to Richard Curtis.
Noted for his dry wit. Less noted for his teeth-baring facial contortions.

Give us a smile:

CLEMENT FREUD

Grandson of Sigmund, brother of painter Lucian, father to Emma and father-in-law to Richard Curtis.

Noted for his dry wit. Less noted for his teeth-baring facial contortions.

Give us a smile:
JACK DEE
The curmudgeon of comedy, but it’s all just an act. Off-stage he grins like an Aardman animation and giggles like a Japanese schoolgirl. 

Give us a smile:

JACK DEE

The curmudgeon of comedy, but it’s all just an act. Off-stage he grins like an Aardman animation and giggles like a Japanese schoolgirl. 

It’s MICHAEL CAINE’s 80th birthday. 
Not a lot of people know that.

It’s MICHAEL CAINE’s 80th birthday. 

Not a lot of people know that.

CHAS & DAVE - AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU

Charles Hodges and Dave Peacock get overlooked somewhat, but they’ve been part of musical history since the early 60s. Chas played in The Outlaws during the 60s, with the Beatles supporting him. In the 70s he and Dave became well-known session musicians and it’s them you can hear playing the riff in Eminem’s My Name Is, sampled from Labi Siffre. During the 70s Chas felt a fraud singing in an American accent so decided to sing in his own London accent, inventing ‘Rockney’. A string of hits followed. Being popular and working class, their musical skill and song craft has often been underrated. 

Well, I’ve lived my life around you
Did what I thought was right
But you never cared about me
Now I’ve seen the light
Oh darlin’, there ain’t no pleasing you

You seem to think that everything I ever did was wrong
I should have known it, all along
Oh darlin’, there ain’t no pleasing you

You only had to say the word
And you knew I’d do it
You had me where you wanted me
But you went and blew it

Now everything, I ever done, was only done for you
But now you can go and do, just what you wanna do
I’m tellin’ you

‘cause I ain’t gonna be made to look a fool no more
You done it once too often, what do you take me for
Oh darlin’, there ain’t no pleasing you

Yeah, if you think I don’t mean what I say
And I’m only bluffin’
You got another thing comin’
I’m tellin’ you that for nothin’
Oh darlin’ I’m leavin’

That’s what I’m gonna do… 

DR ROBERT of The Blow Monkeys. 

A devastatingly handsome man in the 80s, but proof that beauty withers with age.

What hasn’t changed is that he is still a massively underrated songwriter. Check out the aching gorgeousness of Beautiful Child, or I Backed A Winner in You.

A new Blow Monkeys album out soon. 

'How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!' Who has written such volumes of stuff! Some think him ill-tempered and queer, But a few think him pleasant enough.
'Tis the 125th anniversary of the death of Edward Lear today. Thanks for the Owl & The Pussycat and the Pobble who has no toes. 


'How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!' 

Who has written such volumes of stuff! 
Some think him ill-tempered and queer, 
But a few think him pleasant enough.

'Tis the 125th anniversary of the death of Edward Lear today. Thanks for the Owl & The Pussycat and the Pobble who has no toes. 

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DAVID BOWIE on the KENNY EVERETT VIDEO SHOW

A version of Boys Keep Swinging, exclusive to the show. Great ending with KENNY EVERETT. 

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KENNY EVERETT & BILLY CONNOLLY

Kenny Everett was a ground-breaking radio DJ who brought anarchy and inventive sound design to popular musical broadcasting back in the mid-60s. Here he is from his TV show, with a guest spot by The Big Yin.

Sarcastic Ray - ROB NEWMAN & DAVID BADDIEL

ROB NEWMAN & DAVID BADDIEL
Rob was the greater comedy performer by far. The pair were the first comedians to play rock venues and sell out arena gigs, making comedy ‘the new rock’n’roll’. Baddiel even made it to No. 1 with Frank Skinner.
Newman went on to write books and became politically earnest. He’s still fighting a one-man fight against corruption and our blindness to it. 
Er, yeah, good luck with that, Rob. 

ROB NEWMAN & DAVID BADDIEL

Rob was the greater comedy performer by far. The pair were the first comedians to play rock venues and sell out arena gigs, making comedy ‘the new rock’n’roll’. Baddiel even made it to No. 1 with Frank Skinner.

Newman went on to write books and became politically earnest. He’s still fighting a one-man fight against corruption and our blindness to it. 

Er, yeah, good luck with that, Rob. 

ALICE LOWE - Making it with Pam

One of Britain’s more interesting comedy writers and performers. Also look for her Radio 4 series ALICE’S WUNDERLAND, a masterclass in sound design.

GREAT BRITISH BEAUTY:
RACHEL RILEY

She’s pretty good at sums and she’s pretty. A million maths students’ ideal woman. 

GREAT BRITISH BEAUTY:


RACHEL RILEY

She’s pretty good at sums and she’s pretty. A million maths students’ ideal woman.