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Ray Alan, RIP

OK, so a few turns on Celebrity Squares and 3-2-1 would allow for the usual brilliant schtick. But Give Us A Clue? How did that work?



  1. ExtremelyCreamy

    May 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I remember some old dear complaining about Ray Alan on cartoon carnival using the word “arse” on a children’s program, as it was not long after ITV edited Ghost Busters (seemingly with boxing gloves on) to take out the little bit of Bill Murry using the word “ass”.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    He was always saying “silly arse” on Cartoon Carnival! And I wanted to scream every time Ray Alan read out a viewer’s letter saying “Let’s see more Mr Magoo”. Still, that was no fault of his own. He was and always will be a signifier of happier sights from more innocent times.

  3. grimwig

    May 26, 2010 at 12:58 am

    For my money one of the best ventriloquists of all time, not in terms of technical skill, but in terms of sheer entertainment. If anyone had thought, him and his lordship would have been so good as an end of season host of HIGNFY. Paul Merton would have been in raptures.

    In more creamy territory, he did write for a variety of comics, and his lord charles voice was appropriated by roy hudd for his denis thatcher ‘impersonation’ on news huddlines.

    RIP you silly arse

  4. Enoch Sneed

    May 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    A class act if ever there was one. Ray Alan wasn’t just a brilliant ventriloquist, Lord Charles was a great comic creation (note how he ‘aged’ over the years with greying hair). I also remember Alan doing a routine interviewing the studio microphone about all the great stars it had worked with. RIP indeed.

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