The world of entertainment is paying tribute to Tim Brooke-Taylorwho has died aged 79 after contracting coronavirus. His loss at this dreadful time is particularly hard to bear. It has always been one of the great joys of my career to work with someone who was part of the comedy landscape of my childhood.
He was a wonderful comedian and a really lovely man and I feel honoured to have known and worked with him. The world has been robbed — he had years more joy to give. A big part of nurturing my love of comedy as a kid. He is survived by his wife Christine, whom he married inand their two sons, Ben and Edward.
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Cancel Delete comment. Cancel Flag comment. Independent Premium comments 0 Independent Premium comments Open comments 0 open comments. Join the discussion.Among my silliest memories of Tim Brooke-Taylor — and, believe me, they are legion — is the sight of him astride a giant soup can, at the top of a lifeboat slipway above a rough sea.
Tim had no lifejacket but was wearing his trusty Union Jack waistcoat. The trouble was, the sea was quite choppy that day and the visual effects crew were nervous. Tim was clinging to the can, listening to their discussion.
When someone mentioned casually that this could actually be quite dangerous, he went a little white. If the script called for him to be flung out of a window or through a wall, which it often did, or to dress up in a ridiculous costume and throw himself in a river, Tim did it. He got the big laughs but by God he earned them. In the end, without much warning, the stunt crew sent Tim and the soup can trundling down the ramp into the sea. He got very wet but he nailed it.Slapstick Conversations: Graeme Garden and Matthew Sweet on Radio Comedy
There was no Take Two. Goodies Still Rule OK! From the minute revival show of silly slapstick and inspired idiocy. You might wonder why it was Tim who bore the brunt of the slapstick foolery. The reason was quite simply that Bill and I wrote the scripts and, naturally, we misused our positions of responsibility to ensure Tim took on the stunts we were reluctant to do ourselves.
But we also did it because we knew Tim was such a fantastic physical comedian. I knew it from the first time I saw him in student reviews at Cambridge, and I grew to admire his vocal comedy skills, too, during our long association on the radio.
I saw him perform before I ever met him, in the Footlights revue at Cambridge University in He was studying law and was a year above me — a medical student — and he was already a confident, innovative performer.
I thought they were brilliant and wanted to join them, though the thought of performing in front of them was scary. When I at last plucked up courage to audition for the Footlights, Tim was on the committee that sized me up. Shortly afterwards, I met Bill, not through Footlights but because I was putting together a magazine and asked him — he was reading English — to contribute some cartoons.
My first impressions were that Bill was grumpy, moody and mad about music; Tim was jolly, sociable and as president of Footlights ran it as a family club. He was the more likely of the two to share a joke — though when Bill did laugh, he really cracked up. That never changed: Tim and I always congratulated ourselves on being thoroughly funny if we could make Bill laugh so much that he farted.
He had a laugh that built up like a pressure cooker, till he went red in the face and then, from the other end, a toot! Tim Brooke-Taylor pictured with wife Christine who supported him in his showbiz work. It grew out of a Footlights tour called Cambridge Circus. Tim had a talent for female impersonations. His Lady Bracknell had evolved into a monster called Lady Constance de Coverlet, who became an audience favourite.
People would stand and cheer when she arrived in a sketch. The way he could move his body was astonishing. He did a dance called the Flubber, which began with the hips and looked as if he was drying his back with an invisible towel. It was hilariously odd. For one stunt, all three of us were hoisted up on our three-seater bicycle, the Trandem, on wires.
Six feet in the air, the wires snapped. We crashed to the studio floor, which buckled the wheels and quite a lot besides. He was rushed off to the BBC nurse, and reappeared a couple of hours later with a bandage and a bemused grin.
The nurse was French, he said, and spoke no English. We all hated that Trandem. It came to be our mode of transport because we were sending up superheroes with their Batmobiles and rocket ships.From Saint Maud to The Wicker Man here are some British horror movies that are certain to keep you looking over your shoulder for weeks to come. See the full gallery. Looking for something to watch? Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show.
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He was A distinctive combination of slapstick and satire, it has struggled to achieve a repeat afterlife, to the regret and occasional suspicion of its creators. British comedian and actor Tim Brooke-Taylor has died at the age of 79 after contracting coronavirus. Joining [ Cambridge University ] Footlights in took him to providing a huge variety of splendid entertainment — television, radio, theatre, film, books, DVDs, CDs, quizzes, etc — all of which he undertook with energy and a great sense of fun.
They had a BBC television show which ran for more than a decade. The comedy trio — Bill OddieTim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden — were once mainstays of television light entertainment, specialising in an anarchic brand of humour inspired by Monty Python, with an added narrative spin.
Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt.
Richard Osman has admitted that he expected Pointless to "disappear" after one series. Osman, who has worked behind the scenes in television for 20 years, will appear solo in BBC Two 's new quiz show Two Tribes from today. However, he told Digital Spy that "you never know" whether a new programme will take off or not. And apart from that you honestly can't tell. I thought it was quite unwieldy and complicated and who's going to get it?
So I thought Pointless would disappear.Introduced as "the antidote to panel games", it consists of two teams of two comedians "given silly things to do" by a chairman. The 50th series was broadcast in November and December After a period of split chairmanship in the first series,  Humphrey Lyttelton "Humph" served in this role from the programme's inception until his death in A panel game with no competition was not itself a new idea: the BBC had a history of successful quiz shows designed to allow witty celebrities to entertain where winning was not important.
Dave Lee, who was bandleader on I'm Sorry I'll Read That Againwas at the piano and a number of rounds were introduced by a short phrase of music. Since then the fourth seat on the panel has featured a variety of guest comedians.
The show has over two million listeners on Radio 4 and its recording sessions typically fill seat theatres within a week of being advertised. Although there are twelve Clue shows broadcast per year these are the result of just six recording sessions, with two programmes being recorded back-to-back.
The show was recently voted the second funniest radio programme ever, after The Goon Show. It has a large following among professional comedians such as Armando Iannucciwho turned down opportunities to work on it as he preferred to remain a listener. Humphrey Lytteltonprimarily known as a jazz trumpeter and bandleader, was invited to be chairman because of the role played by improvisation in both comedy and jazz music. He claimed the secret was just to read what was in front of him without understanding why it was funny.
He adopted the grumpy persona of someone who would really rather be somewhere else, which he attributed to worrying that, surrounded by four professional comedians, he would have nothing worthwhile to chip in.
He did occasionally depart from the script, however, often bringing the house down with an ad-lib. On 18 April the producer of I'm Sorry I Haven't A ClueJon Naismithannounced that, owing to hospitalisation to repair an aortic aneurysmHumphrey Lyttelton would be unable to record the scheduled shows and that they would have to be postponed. The final show of the Best of tour on 22 April would be presented by Rob Brydon. In the Clue mailout for September Naismith stated: "Despite the rumours, we've made no decisions about possible replacements for Humph, and are unlikely to make any decisions this year at least.
Certainly I don't envisage us selecting anyone on a permanent basis for several series. The first new shows would be hosted by rotating guest presenters similarly to the format of Have I Got News for You before a permanent replacement host was decided.
Every series since then has been chaired by Dee. However, Colin Sell now usually fills this role. He is often the butt of jokes about his musical ability to which he is unable to respond as he has no microphone.
Lyttelton's band also appeared on a couple of Christmas specials. It was chosen by David Hatch. Guests have included: .Garden qualified in medicine at King's College Londonbut has never practised. I don't think I would have done it as well. It's an interesting question — whether you've contributed more to the vast store of human enjoyment by doing comedy or by being a doctor, but the answer for me is that I don't think I would have been as successful or as happy being a doctor.
Garden was studying medicine during the early series of I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Againand this commitment made it difficult for him to be a member of the cast during the third series because of a midwifery medical course in Plymouth. However, he continued sending scripts for the radio show by mail — and rejoined the cast upon his return to his medical studies in London.
Garden: "Here's something I wrote this morning". Hatch: "It's a prescription". Garden had a role in Paul B. Davies ' radio play Spy Nozy and the Poets. He was also script editor for The Hudson and Pepperdine Show. Garden is chair of the spoof radio game show Beat the Kids. InGarden wrote the Radio 4 sitcom About a Dogbased on an original idea by Debbie Barhamwith a second series in Garden has appeared in two of Big Finish 's Doctor Who audio dramas.
In Bang-Bang-a-Boom! Garden's best known television work is freeform sitcom The Goodieswhich he wrote and performed along with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie from to Garden and Bill Oddie co-wrote many episodes of the television sitcom Doctor in the Houseincluding most of the first series episodes, and all of the second series episodes - as well as co-writing episodes of the subsequent Doctor at Large and Doctor in Charge series.
In Garden and Oddie wrote, but did not perform in, a six-part science fiction sitcom called Astronauts for Central which was shown on ITV. The show was set in an international space station in the near future. Garden was the voice of the title character in Bananamanin addition to General Blight and Maurice of the Heavy Mob in the children's animated television comedy series, which also featured the rest of the Goodies team.
The series parodied comic book super-heroes. Later, Garden wrote for the sitcom Surgical Spirit He also appeared as a television presenter in the Doctor in the House episode, Doctor on the Box.
He was a regular team captain on the political satire game show If I Ruled the World. Brooke-Taylor appeared as a guest in one episode and during the game "I Couldn't Disagree More" he proposed that it was high time The Goodies episodes were repeated.
Garden was obliged by the rules of the game to refute this statement, and replied, "I couldn't disagree more InGarden and Brooke-Taylor were co-presenters of Channel 4 's daytime game show Beat the Nationin which they indulged in usual game show "banter", but took the quiz itself seriously. It was notable for its use of a "laugh track" instead of a studio audience. Garden has hosted the quiz game Tell the Truth and presented a series of history programmes, A Sense of the Past for Yorkshire Television.
Garden writes and directs for the corporate video company Video Artsfamous for its training films starring John Cleese.
Garden has a successful stage career, and has acted in several National Theatre productions, as well as London's West End. He appeared in Bang-Bang-a-Boom! Garden wrote a play called The Pocket Orchestra which ran in London in In AugustGarden and Brooke-Taylor joined up to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe in a show which looked back with some nostalgia to their work with the Goodies and in light entertainment. Garden lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Emma, with whom he has a son, Tom.
Garden died on 16 October at the age of InGarden suffered an episode of the condition known as Bell's palsywhere the muscles on one side of the face become paralysed.Rothenberg received an undergraduate degree in Classics from Princeton University and currently lives in New York City.
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