It took a few months but thankfully Eric is getting the obituary he deserves with this new documentary, with the likes of Michael Palin and Eddie Izzard paying tribute to a man who at one time appeared to be writing every single comedy show on TV and radio. Then later, after QI, it’s a repeat of Sykes that, gasp, isn’t the Peter Sellers episode, though it is from the very last series in 1979. Following that is a programme first shown on Christmas Day 2001 which got a rare chance to look into his office and find out how he managed to still regularly write and perform despite being, at that point, almost totally deaf and blind.
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Well, here’s something very intriguing – to all intents and purposes, the ITV version of TOTP2! As the So It Goes repeats on Sky Arts illustrated a few months back, there’s certainly all kinds of interesting musical moments in the ITV pop archive, with Revolver and So It Goes breaking just as many bands as Whistle Test, while we’d even be prepared to argue that Razzmatazz managed to attract virtually every big name in eighties pop to Newcastle. But somehow they never quite managed to find that one influential show that would ever rival the Pops as a flagship. What this all means is that we may see some familiar songs in unfamiliar form throughout this run, so it should be fascinating. And seemingly they’re setting their stall out early doors with The Sex Pistols and The Clash promised in this first episode.
Points of View
- In 'Zokko', Peter Coutts says: "I remember Zokko ,Skayne and the theme tune for the show which was the sort of catchy thing that drove you mad. After Zokko a very similar show with an..."
- In 'Tigris', THX 1139 says: "For years I thought I had watched the film of Kon-Tiki (the other famous Heyerdahl seafaring expedition) when I was a very small boy but when I finally saw..."
- In 'Juggernaut', Joeb says: "I always loved the bomb in the Rover biscuit tin. Classic. And I like the bit where the kid says the frogmen look like his Action Man."
- In 'Pale Rider ', Ian B says: "Just watched this on Blu-ray. Excellent film with the legend that is Clint Eastwood. Covers many themes and looks great."
- In 'Creamvote #14 The most unforgettable kids’ entertainment show theme', Applemask says: "I want to vote for “The 8.15 From Manchester” so bad it hurst, but I fear it..."