Brian Cooke's acclaimed play of the cult 60s radio show that sent up the British establishment.
COMEDY Round the Horne... Revisited 9.10pm BBC4
Round the Horne is undoubtedly the most quotable and quoted radio show in history. From "Hello, my name's Julian, this is my friend Sandy" to Rambling Syd Rumpo "nadgering his artefacts", it's an absolute feast for anyone who loves clever comedy, but who above all loves words.
Though fans might yearn to see the real thing with more archive clips than there are here, this straightforward film of the West End hit Round the Horne ... Revisited will do quite nicely. The actors are spookily accurate in their re-creations of the fabulous cast of Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden, though there are a few pointless forays into the outside world when the action leaves the stage.
And it will doubtless prompt any fan to think of their favourite ever line from the series. Mine's from the outrageously camp Julian, a practitioner of Bona Law, who tells Kenneth Horne in all innocence: "We've got a criminal practice that takes up most of our time." I don't know how they got away with it. (Alison Graham)
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Brian Cooke's acclaimed play of the cult 1960s radio sketch show that sent up the establishment with bawdy jokes and surreal literary invention.
Jonathan Rigby, Robin Sebastian, Kate Brown, Charles Armstrong and Nigel Harrison re-create the original cast - Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Douglas Smith and Hugh Paddick, respectively - and their cavalcade of grotesques, including lecherous J Peasmold Gruntfuttock and camp couple Julian and Sandy. Directed by Michael Kingsbury and filmed at the Venue in London.
Director Nick Wood; Executive producer Richard Fell
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