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Saturday Banana

BILL ODDIE again. This regional TISWAS replacement (see also OUR SHOW) didn’t exactly have legs. Oddie wore yellow waistcoat and boots. “Banana”, you see? They had an audience. They had guests. “It’s the Saturday Banana…” Notable (well, relatively) for containing the first TV appearances of METAL MICKEY in a pre-Dolenz series form. Presumably he just stood about saying “boogie boogie boogie” to Oddie. The shadow of Maidstone, ME15 6RS loomed. Set featured a 30ft tall fibreglass banana, sat phallus-like vertically in the air, almost level with the main road.

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  1. Arthur Nibble

    September 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Originally to be called “Saturday Bonanza”, but someone misread or mistyped the original handwritten memo.

  2. Zastrozzi

    June 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Growing up in Southampton in the 1980s, the contrast between the bright, cheery, whimsical banana and the utter urban shitscape that surrounded it is hard to express nowadays. Back then Northam was the kind of place where the milk floats had tailgunners, and the studio was set between a massive scrapyard, a rail line, the concrete monolith of the Northam Bridge and the mud of the tidal river Test. The presence of the banana was like a flower in hell – something which just makes the horror all around it that much more evident…

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