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  • Denis Norden R.I.P.

    Television host and comedy writer:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25738224

    E.

  • #2
    A great comedy writer and a brilliant team with Frank Muir.

    The out-takes he chose for "It'll be Alright on the Night" usually were very amusing. The rubbishy 'bloopers' we see these days are nothing more than actors boringly fluffing their lines then bursting into gales of laughter. Yawn.

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    • #3
      More sad news. A great comedy writer and presenter.
      R.I.P. Denis Norden.

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      • #4
        Great shame. Very talented comedy writer and witty presenter. Real loss to the world of comedy.

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        • #5
          R.I.P.

          I wasn't aware he and Frank Muir had coined such brilliant and much-repeated catchphrases as "trouble at t'mill", "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" as well as one of my favourite lines "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me" which Carry On Cleo borrowed.
          Last edited by agutterfan; 19th September 2018, 01:06 PM.

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          • #6
            Sad news. Denis Norden was a giant in the world of comedy. R.I.P!

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            • #7
              The Guardian obituary

              https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...orden-obituary

              Nick

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              • #8
                From the Guardian

                https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...ways-delivered

                Nick

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                • #9
                  I used to like Denis Norden as the host of nostagia fest "Looks Familiar", way back. I remember one episode featured an appearance (and solo interview, I think) by his screen idol and musical star Alice Faye. At the end of the show they danced together as the credits rolled and it just had a magic to it as a real moment, knowing the class lady that Alice Faye was and what it meant to Norden to dance with a woman he had so admired professionally. I wish they would repeat shows like this on Talking Pictures, BBC 4 or the Arts Channel. I would love to revisit nuggets like this instead of endless repeats of so many lesser programmes that we are saddled with. RIP Mister Norden.

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                  • #10
                    I second that ! Perhaps NETWORK DVD could consider this.....

                    One problem might be the cost of licencing the film clips in each programme, esp if Network do not already have the rights..

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                    • #11
                      DAILY MAIL:
                      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-aged-96.html


                      https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2018/09/...7338702184.jpg

                      Dick Bentley, Frank Muir and Denis Norden are pictured together in 1950 during a recording session for Take It From Here

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by julian_craster View Post
                        I second that ! Perhaps NETWORK DVD could consider this.....

                        One problem might be the cost of licencing the film clips in each programme, esp if Network do not already have the rights..
                        Agreed Julian, the problem with licensing clips seems to have scuppered repeats of many of these kind of revue shows. Such a pity that they will pass in to obscurity - Network would be a great host and have re-issued so many great British films and series in fairness.

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                        • #13
                          A man who I would have loved to have met, and at one time might have done as one of my neighbours when I was in my teens was his nephew who was always promising to take me to meet Uncle Denis. It never happened much to my regret. A genius with words and a great sense of humour. I love his autobiography Clips From A Life particularly when he tells of his time as a cinema manager.

                          Rest in Peace and a long life to his family.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Cassidy, I didn't know he had been a cinema manager. Cheers for that and for the nod on his well regarded auto-biography.

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                            • #15
                              Last Word on BBC Radio 4 21/09/2018 16:00 BST and repeated on Sunday 23/09/2018 20:30 BST.

                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bkgzvz

                              Nick

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