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HARRY SECOMBE buys a Senior Citizen’s Railcard and heads off on a decade-long excursion to admire some of the country’s most famous religious relics – and to look at a few buildings as well. Route strictly determined by the necessity to visit every ITV region at least once a year, which while posing no problem for, say, Granada, probably exercised the tourist information officers of Guernsey (“Well, we’ve the cliffs, or the sea, or the sea and the cliffs, or a pregnant puffin…”). At each location a celebrity would be conveniently waiting, ready to share their “spiritual journey through life” and then shut up while Harry sang a hymn on a nearby hilltop.



  1. fuz

    August 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    proudly carried an ITV PRESENTS front cap like it was the World Cup, and a banging keyboard theme tune. It was all downhill for the remaining 29 minutes.

  2. richardpd

    August 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    At least they had the logo of the producing company at the end each time which was a rare chance to see the ones from the smaller companies in prime time.

  3. Tom Ronson

    October 27, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Kenneth Williams gave this a right old drubbing in his (published) diaries, complaining that Harry Secombe sent up everything from religion to politics and the Royal Family in his Goon Show days, yet there he was on Sunday evenings interviewing ‘bores and mediocrities’ about their ‘faith.’ The episode where a horde of middle-aged frumpy women charge around an indoor shopping centre aggressively signing ‘Who Will Buy?’ from the musical Oliver! is one of the greatest things ever broadcast on television, and I’m told Victoria Wood used to sling the video on whenever she was feeling out of sorts.

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