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Dave Allen at Large

PREMIER LEAGUE sub-fingered foul-mouthed Catholic pope-baiter on a stool with tumbler and fag railed against the modern and ancient world alike in trademark stream of foetid consciousness style, later ripped off by many a bespangled alternative ranter in the following decade. Most of the show was this studio-bound stuff, but some location sketches (Beast with Five Fingers, Thomas A Beckett, etc.) boasted a stalwart cast including RONNIE BRODY, MICHAEL SHARVELL-MARTIN (next-door neighbour bloke from NO PLACE LIKE HOME), JACQUELINE CLARK and PETER HAWKINS.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    April 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    First series featured That’s Life / In At the Deep End’s Chris Serle, of all people. Later episodes provided work for Sam Kelly (Porridge’s Bunny Warren), Susan Jameson and Robert East. Still streets ahead of any modern comedy shite, of course.

  2. johnnyboy

    May 1, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Was also a superb storyteller – no humour required. Remember the tale of the long, empty corridor leading to a dark, empty room. And in that room…..?

    Scared the beJeezus out of me (having the studio lighting slowly dim down and stark, spot-uplighting under his chin just added to the feeling of dread). Masterful! Might be on You Tube. I’ll see if I can dig it out.

  3. Lee James Turnock

    May 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Dave could really shock the hell out of the audience with some incredibly bleak sketches on occasion. He had a thing about nuclear war – the very first episode of Dave Allen at Large featured a post-nuclear sketch – and he kept coming back to the topic with increasingly downbeat results. One memorable sketch had the sole survivor of a holocaust emerging from his bunker (the BBC used the site that was later occupied by the Millennium dome for the location filming) and shouting “We’ve won! We’ve won!”, very loudly, but…to NOBODY. Sobering stuff.

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