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Emery Presents

ON THE ROPES and on the way out vehicle for the Dickster, taking the form of a murder mystery serial in a stately home. Naturally Emery did all (or at least most) of the characters, including obligatory be-turbanned “comedy Asian”.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    No it was actually quite funny, especially a scene where a vicar blows up during a church service. It was sadly Dick Emery’s last outing as he died shortly afterwards.

  2. Arthur Nibble

    June 29, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Does anyone else remember seeing Dick Emery on “Top Of The Pops”? It was in the days when they’d play a record in the positions between 31 and 50 (without giving its chart placing, unless Jimmy “Maverick” Savile was the compere) if there weren’t enough top 30 new entries or climbers available to fill out the show as normal.

    Our Dick managed two top 50 hits, “If You Were Her” (number 32 in 1969) and the conga-driven “You Are Awful” (number 43 in 1973), the latter being granted an appearance amongst ver kids.

  3. julie whalley

    July 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    which episode of this series did they film at Blackpool airport ? i remember seeing it filmed and was in the background in the ..then..chocolate kiosk….dick emery spoke to me between takes, about various subjects.,

  4. John Connolly

    August 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Wasn’t there another similar series called “Jack of Diamonds”, in which the father and son characters (was “Gaylord” the son?) unintentionally got embroiled in some sort of diamond smuggling racket (a plot ripped off wholesale for the “To Hull and Back” Fools and Horses Xmas special)?

    • Applemask

      July 8, 2024 at 7:37 pm

      Yes, but he was dead by then so it was discreetly put out in the middle of summer.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    July 9, 2024 at 9:19 am

    I think Dick Emery is one of those comedians who is little remembered now and whose shows have very rarely been repeated since he died. Actually he had quite a strong repertoire of characters- Gaylord the thick skinhead, Lampwick( an Albert Steptoe type old man), the Pearly Queen and Mandy” you are awful- and the show regularly had 20 million viewers in the late seventies. The sitcom I remember aired in 1982 and Emery played a Jewish private eye chasing a group of gangsters. Not quute up there with his sketch show, but still quite funny and watchable.

  6. Richardpd

    July 9, 2024 at 11:14 pm

    I remember Dick Emery, along with Marty Feldman having a small revival in the early 1990s when their TV work began to be released on home video.

  7. Glenn Aylett

    July 12, 2024 at 6:14 pm

    Some of Dick Emery’s sketches appeared on a nostalgia show on BBC One in the mid nineties( could have been Television’s Greatest Hits) and as most people could remember him then, the sketches were still amusing. Nowadays, I’d think you’d have to be at least 55, to remember Emery’s sketch shows and he seems to have faded into obscurity.

    • Richardpd

      July 13, 2024 at 11:32 am

      It sounds like the right sort of programme, when TV nostalgia was in full swing.

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