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Des O’Connor Show, The

TITANIC UPHILL STRUGGLE between two equally unimpressive vocations jostling perilously inside the one man: to wit, the half-arsed irritating comic (“Dandy Sandy!”), and then the ultra-laidback, treacly baritone (“I Pretend” etc.). Contest played out on the small screen for a whole bloody decadet.



  1. THX 1139

    August 18, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I have a memory of Bernie Winters on a chat show that might have been this one (can’t recall if Des was rolling around on his sofa) where he sang “Doe, a deer, a female deer, Ray, a sausage up your nose!” a la The Sound of Music. This was such a non sequitur that it really made me laugh, but I’ve no idea where he was going with it. Anyone remember that?

  2. Glenn Aylett

    August 18, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    It was revived in 1983 by Thames and ran for several years. Premise was the same, a bit of music, comedians and light actors as guests, and rather a winning formula. Obviously the alternative gang weren’t welcome, but people like Jethro and Duncan Norvelle were regulars.

  3. THX 1139

    August 18, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I hadn’t noticed there were two long-lasting runs, I was referring to the second one, where Freddie Starr dressed at Hitler would appear every other week. Unless Freddie did that in the 60s and 70s too.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    August 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Des O Connor was a popular feature on ITV Wednesday nights after Coronation St for several years in the eighties. Since ITV didn’t have many comedy hits at the time, this show was one way of ITV getting a comedy themed hit and was quite unique as some of the serious guests who would appear on Wogan weren’t welcome on Des’s show.

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