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Kelly Montieth

AMERICAN EXPORTED choice of viewing to the Nine O’clock News. Long-running series revolved around “character” called, ho ho, Kelly Monteith, whose “life” formed the basis of endless relationship observation schticks and LARRY SANDERS-esque dressing room inserts. “Wife” was GABRIELLE DRAKE.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Last seen in a shit-awful ‘comedy’ called SCREWBALL HOTEL, circa 1994.

  2. Kitten in a Brandy Glass

    January 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Modishly, Kelly’s on Twitter now:

  3. Sonny Jim

    October 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    He had that kind of glib/smug face and Hollywood teeth, that made me want to throw my (wired) remote control at the (22″) TV screen back in the day.

  4. THX 1139

    February 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I watched the episode from 1982 on YouTube, and this man was the epitome of the word “affable”. It was quite funny in places, mostly thanks to his delivery, and I noticed Spike Milligan’s old cohort Neil Shand on co-writing duties, which explains the light surrealism.

    I thought he was hilarious when I was little, but was rarely allowed to stay up and watch because Kelly swore sometimes. “Somewhere I can relax my face!”

  5. Joanne Gray

    February 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I thought he was Canadian?

  6. Tom Ronson

    January 2, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    News has reached me that Mr Monteith has passed away, aged eighty. Whichever way you cut it, six series on BBC2 was a pretty good run. To quote TV columnists at the time, he was ‘affable,’ ‘quirky,’ and ‘took a sideways look at life.’

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