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You Must Be Joking/Pauline’s Quirkes/You Can’t Be Serious

MORE YOUNG persons stuff, this time a string of variety-esque affairs masterminded by ROGER “TOMORROW PEOPLE” PRICE, peopled with kids who weren’t obviously “stage school”, and blessed with scripts that usually resulted in the kids ending up in uncomfortable situations, being knocked about and having all manner of crap dumped on their heads. The sketches were about common teenage situations and conflict with authority. …JOKING! was the first, in which token adult JIM BOWEN failed to take charge of Anna Scher kids including PAULINE QUIRKE and LINDA ROBSON, and music of a sort from GARY KEMP and Flintlock; PAULINE’S QUIRKES pushed the two birds to the top of the bill, along with Flintlock for nudge-nudge snog interest – the shows were anarchic enough for the Tyne Tees and Yorkshire regions to refuse to show them; while …SERIOUS was back to the original format, this time with a new set of kids who never really made it after, and a different token adult each week, including CLIVE DUNN, DEREK GRIFFITHS, STEPHEN “BLAKEY” LEWIS, “DIDDY” DAVID HAMILTON, and the newly grown-up Quirke on a return visit.

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  1. Joanne Gray

    March 2, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I’m glad Tyne Tees passed on screening Pauline’s Quirkes – recently saw an edition on YouTube and it was painful.

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