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#41 Octopus of Odstock

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 06:11 PM

Sorry to say, my father, John Drury - Sousaphone player with Shep's Banjo Boys on The Commedians, passed away in 1991. However, I am certain he is still performing :lol:


Thanks for that information. I had no idea, and sorry to hear of his passing, even though it was back in 1991. I share you sentiments in the hope he is still performing. :lol:

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:32 PM

Sorry to say, my father, John Drury - Sousaphone player with Shep's Banjo Boys on The Commedians, passed away in 1991. However, I am certain he is still performing.

Who is? Yer dad? Respect, could you please put me in touch with the doctors capable of conjuring a performance from a dead man!
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 04:43 PM

could you please put me in touch with the doctors capable of conjuring a performance from a dead man!




Whilst not strictly speaking a doctor, Blues singer Lucille Bogan (1897-1948) may have been up for the challenge, MPFC.



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Posted 17 November 2006 - 10:30 AM

could you please put me in touch with the doctors capable of conjuring a performance from a dead man!




Whilst not strictly speaking a doctor, Blues singer Lucille Bogan (1897-1948) may have been up for the challenge, MPFC.



"I got nipples on my titties big as the end of my thumb, I got something between my legs to make a dead man come." Shave 'em Dry (1935)



Later nicked by the Rolling Stones for 'Start Me Up.'



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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

There are quite a few aged comic writers still about, though very possibly not for much longer. Longtime writing partners Jimmy Perry (b. 1923) and David Croft (b. 1922) responsible for Dad's Army, Hi-De-Hi, Allo Allo among others, also Jeremy Lloyd (b. 1930).

Roy Clarke, recently bestowed with a lifetime achievement award, turns 81 on Friday.

Ray Galton (b. 1930) and Alan Simpson (b. 1929) creators of Hancock and Steptoe and Son, have the distinction of having long outlived their main stars.

Frank Carson (b. 1926) still active reportedly but not in the rudest of health, has a pacemaker...
Shelley Berman (b. 1925) perhaps best-known nowadays for playing Larry David's father on CYE.
Dick Van Dyke (b. 1925)
Carl Reiner (b. 1922) veteran actor, writer and director, seen recently in the Ocean's Trilogy
Sid Caesar (b. 1922)
Jonathan Winters (b. 1925)
Don Rickles (b. 1926)
Mel Brooks (b. 1926)
Jack Smethurst (b. 1932) best known for playing Eddie Booth in Love Thy Neighbour

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 04:13 PM

Also veteran comic actor Paul Dooley (b. 1928) appeared in many sitcoms and films over the years, notably as Dennis Christopher's exasperated father in the great Breaking Away, recently seen in the recurring role of Cheryl's dad in CYE

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 05:01 PM

The Comedians was massive once over but it's strange that IMBD - normally a mecca for anorak who know their facts - doesn't post a birthdate for half the performers. Has anyone around the UK noticed the likes of Charlie Daze playing a local club? How many of this lot are still alive? Some of them will be well into their seventies now, late nights, loadsa fags and drink, stressful job. We could have us some future winners here.

Jim Bowen has suffered 2 strokes in the past few days http://www.bbc.co.uk...ashire-12540642

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:37 PM

The Comedians was massive once over but it's strange that IMBD - normally a mecca for anorak who know their facts - doesn't post a birthdate for half the performers. Has anyone around the UK noticed the likes of Charlie Daze playing a local club? How many of this lot are still alive? Some of them will be well into their seventies now, late nights, loadsa fags and drink, stressful job. We could have us some future winners here.

Jim Bowen has suffered 2 strokes in the past few days http://www.bbc.co.uk...ashire-12540642


Nothing particularly super, smashing or great about that for him :deathban:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:25 PM

Roger Hancock, brother of Tony and agent to various writers and performers, died on April 23rd, same day as one of his clients, John Sullivan...
"I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille."

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:13 AM

I bought Barry Cryer's autobiography, little more than a series of anecdotes, on CD and listened to it last week. Hancock was his agent, it never occured to me he was still alive this year. Cryer, Sykes and Norden must be starting to feel very lonely.
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 02:50 PM

I bought Barry Cryer's autobiography, little more than a series of anecdotes, on CD and listened to it last week. Hancock was his agent, it never occured to me he was still alive this year. Cryer, Sykes and Norden must be starting to feel very lonely.


On the upside, plenty of old chums waiting for them :angel5:

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:27 AM

John Howard Davies, former BBC Head of Comedy and director/producer of many sitcoms, has died. Also saw off Benny Hill at Thames TV, I believe.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:46 AM

John Howard Davies, former BBC Head of Comedy and director/producer of many sitcoms, has died. Also saw off Benny Hill at Thames TV, I believe.


A legendary producer and of course the original screen Oliver Twist...
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:52 AM

John Howard Davies, former BBC Head of Comedy and director/producer of many sitcoms, has died. Also saw off Benny Hill at Thames TV, I believe.

Probably his greatest acheivment was that he produced and directed the first series of Fawlty Towers..probably the greatest comedy of all time.A sad loss indeed
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 01:59 PM

Sitcom writing legend David Croft has died. Don't panic! :referee:

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:10 PM

Sitcom writing legend David Croft has died. Don't panic! :referee:

I was just waiting to see who'd be the first to spot that one.

A big loss for comedy.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:18 PM

Sitcom writing legend David Croft has died. Don't panic! :referee:

I was just waiting to see who'd be the first to spot that one.

A big loss for comedy.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 03:54 PM

Sitcom writing legend David Croft has died. Don't panic! :referee:


Wonder if Clive will make it to the service?

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:17 PM

BBC already nabbed "You have been watching...." as the obit line. Bad luck MIB.
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:27 PM

BBC already nabbed "You have been watching...." as the obit line. Bad luck MIB.


Don't worry Spade, I have something else... :referee:
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