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Dick Emery Show, The

"Permission to come aboard - ooh!" etc. etc.CROSS-DRESSING ENTENDRE purveyor who virtually owned TV in the 70s thanks to sub-Benny Hill knock-off characters comprising bucktoothed vicar, flirty woman, bover booted union jack-vested “Gaylord” and, of course, mink-encrusted posh society lady. “Ooh, you are awful” went the nation en mass, somewhere around June 1974.



  1. Honky Tonk

    September 23, 2009 at 9:48 am

    This was the most hilarious programme ever when I was tiny, but when I revisited it on Granada Plus decades later it didn’t raise one laugh. Oh well, I don’t know how I would have got most of the jokes at that age anyway.

    One of the funniest bits, according to my memories, was the outtakes they would include, like that one where Roy Kinnear and DIck Emery were doing their Gaylord and Dad routine and one of them gives a little cough, which has the cumulative effect of having them collapse into giggles.

  2. ansonort

    September 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    My Dad laughed ’til he wept. But honestly, I didn’t get it. I think it was that undercurrent of music-hall that just seemed out of place on the box.

  3. Lee James Turnock

    May 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    My older brother’s nickname was Gaylord for years and years.

  4. Tom Ronson

    March 27, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    If ever a performer was streets ahead of the frequently lousy scripts he had to work with, it was Dick Emery. Some excellent (and subversive) sketches thinly scattered among reams of ropey old toot.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    February 18, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Little remembered now, Dick Emery was as popular as Benny Hill in the seventies and some of his characters as the skinhead Gaylord and the miserable old man Lampwick were quite funny. Also his two sitcoms where he played a Jewish private eye were better than the critics thought( the exploding vicar in one epiosde was hilarious).

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