Radio catch-phrases

PeterBale

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Staff member
Reading the "Fast Show" thread reminded me of some of the catch-phrases from the good old days of stream radio. Not a formal quiz, but I thought I'd give you one or two to complete, and give the origins etc to start us off:

"Can I do yer . . . ?"

"My name is Angus Prune, and I always . . . "

"I'm Henry Hall, and this is my . . . "
(two answers acceptable - the original or the spoof!)

"Where's me . . . ?"

"Left hand . . ."

And the names of two radio series containing characters referred to as "Number One"
:wink:
 

WoodenFlugel

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Staff member
I have no idea....so I'll guess... :wink:

PeterBale said:
"Can I do yer . . . ?"
Windows??? Washing??? Shoe Laces Up????
PeterBale said:
"I'm Henry Hall, and this is my . . . "
"...brother Albert"
PeterBale said:
"Where's me . . . ?"
...washboard?"...nah that can't be right....
How about "Where's me coat?" very appropriate after this post.... :roll:
PeterBale said:
"Left hand . . ."
seriously...is this one "left hand down?"

Sorry about those Peter I couldn't resist....... :wink:
 
PeterBale said:
"My name is Angus Prune, and I always . . . "
listen to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again!
I sit in the bath and I have a good laugh
'cos the sig-tune is known after me.
My name is Angus Prune,
and this is my tune, - it goes;
I - S - I - R - T - A
I'm Sorry I'll Read That A - gain.

- I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again


"Where's me . . . ?"
shirt - (Ken Dodd (the Doddy Show?). Memories of Sunday afternoon radio 60's/70's though )

"Left hand . . ."
down a bit - Navy Lark



Janet
 

davidsait

Member
PeterBale said:
And the names of two radio series containing characters referred to as "Number One"
:wink:
The original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series had a very very minor character called 'Number One' (he was aboard the Golgafrincham Space Ark).
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
Well done, folks - I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers some of these.

The other "Number One" I was thinking of was "The Men From the Ministry", although I've a feeling he might have been referred to as "One" rather than "Number One".

The spoof reference to Henry Hall came, I think, in "Round the Horne", when they said "I'm Henry Hall, and this is my bath night" :oops:

What memories of Lady Constance, Julian (and this is my friend Sandy), Rambling Sid Rumpole, Bluebottle et al :wink:

With programmes such as "The Now Show", and "Dead Ringers" it's good to know that radio comedy is not dead, although sometimes they seem rather obsessed with transferring things onto TV which doesn't always work anything like as well ("Dead Ringers", for example). There have been notable exceptions such as "Goodness Gracious Me", and to some extent "Hitch-hikers Guide", but they tend to work best if they veer off in a slightly different direction to make the most of the visual aspect.
 

flugelgal

Active Member
I have the HItchhikers' Guide on tape and also all the other Douglas Adams books on tape too... (BOC)! :oops:
 

Dave Payn

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And there were a fair few which either originated on or were purloined for the Goon Show

'You silly twisted boy'

'Needle nardle noo'

'Ying tong iddle-i-po!'

'He's fallen in the water'

'I don't wish to know that'

'I don't like this game'

etc. etc.
 

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