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TV Cream exclusive: First photo of new coalition cabinet!

Posing for this world exclusive shot in the gardens behind Downing Street are the individuals who are to comprise the senior ministers in the first coalition government this country has had for almost 70 years.

We’re sure you’ll agree this is a historic photograph.

But just who are these noble practitioners of statescraft, hoping to guide Britain into a brave new world of cross-party huckstering?

A gonk personally signed by Ramsay MacDonald to the first person who can successfully name all (or as many as possible) of the figures featured in the picture.

And for the second person… a gonk personally signed by Ramsay MacDonald to share for five years with someone of diametrically opposed political opinions to yourself! (SATIRE)

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. gareth jones

    May 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    i take it this is a thames tv photocall to publicise the new autumn season i’m guessing..going to get my magnifying glass before guessing!!

  2. Miche Doherty

    May 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Seated L-R: Judith Chalmers, Max Bygraves, Paul Eddington, Nanette Newman, Denis Norden, Dunno, Short Fat Hairy Legs, There’s No Answer To That, Dunno, Benny Hill.

    Standing L-R: Peter Tilbury (?), Jim Wifebeater, Pauline Yates, Dunno, Robin Bailey, Woman with face hidden, Lionel Blair, Hywel Bennett, Tessa Wyatt, Dunno, Eamonn Andrews, Dunno, Dunno, Dennis Waterman.

    (Where “Dunno” mostly means “Him. Thing, off.. what was it again?” Annoyingly familiar but can’t place them.)

  3. Gordon Ridout

    May 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Further to what Miche Doherty says (and with which I mostly agree), I would attempt to fill in some of the ‘dunno’ names to give the line-up:

    Seated L-R: Judith Chalmers, Max Bygraves, Paul Eddington, Nanette Newman, Denis Norden, Bryan Cowgill (Thames Controller in this period), Ernie Wise, Eric Morecambe, Dunno (really, Dunno!), Benny Hill.

    Standing L-R: Peter Tilbury, Jim Wifebeater, Penny Junor (Or it could be Pauline Yates?), Steve Jones, Robin Bailey, “Woman with face hidden which you’d have to have been there to get”, Lionel Blair, Hywel Bennett, Tessa Wyatt, Kenneth Williams (possibly?), Eamonn Andrews, Andrew Gardner, Peter Marshall, Dennis Waterman.

    It’s definitely a Thames photocall, and the presence of Eddington and Newman seated together leads me to suspect it’s for the ‘New Year’ 1982 season, as they starred in the sit-com ‘Let There Be Love’ around this time, and there were only two series of that particular gem.

    Can anyone build on this? Or correct me?

  4. MartS

    May 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Front row woman dunno – It’s not in the beyond the bounds of a lazy Thames PR person, just to hire a random ‘Hills Angel’ to sit next to B.A Hill for him to appear to be all leery over.

    Back man named above as a possible Kenny Williams – it looks more like Derek Jameson to me.

    The hidden woman on the back line between Blair,L and Bailey,R has the hairstyle of Diana Coupland – although what early 1980’s connection to Thames she would have had then, I’m still dredging my memory banks to find out.

  5. televisualcabbage

    May 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yes, but who would hold each role in the cabinet?

    Eddington has to be Prime Minister in full Jim Hacker flow…

    Benny Hill – Minister for Fun?

    Steve Jones – Minister for Pyramids?

    Jim Davidson – Police Minister? Nick, nick…

  6. TV Cream

    May 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions folks. Here’s that coalition line-up in full.

    Left to right, back row: Peter Tilbury, Jim Davidson, Pauline Yates, Ian Ogilvy, Robin Bailey, Janet Brown, Lionel Blair, Hywel Bennett, Sue Upton, unidentified (it says here), Eamonn Andrews, Andrew Gardner, Peter Marshall and Dennis Waterman.

    Front row: Judith Chalmers, Max Bygraves, Paul Eddington, Nanette Newman, Denis Norden, Bryan Cowgill, Ernie Wise, Eric Morecambe, Trudi Miller and Benny Hill.

    So we have a mystery man standing between Sue and Eamonn. Could it be an under-the-weather Barry Foster?

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