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hutch0
Date: 2008-08-29 22:51
Subject: geoffrey perkins...
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...whose name will mean nothing even to most Brits, but who produced some of the best radio and television comedy in the past twenty or thirty years, and who is reported to have died in a road accident in London.
His track record in television and radio was extraordinary, but I'll always remember him as a performer on Radio Active and its somewhat less-successful television version KYTV. The Radio Active version of Martin Chuzzlewit had to be heard to be believed, and it gave a home to Phil Pope's inspired musical spoofs, including The Heebeejeebees and their almost-hit `Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices.'
I'm not so sure about the claim that he was responsible for thinking up `Mornington Crescent' - I seem to recall hearing a slightly different story about that when Humphrey Lyttleton died - but we'll see.
Anyway, as a producer he had a huge effect on British comedy, although as head of BBC tv comedy he also had to shoulder the blame for a few duds, but nobody's perfect. The new Harry Enfield-Paul Whitehouse series, which starts soon on BBC1, is going to be bittersweet.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-08-30 08:56 (UTC)
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Damn, that's saddening news. As a fan of Douglas Adams H2G2 and Radio Active, the name Geoffrey Perkins has long been recogniseable and synonymous with quality comedy. Most of my favourite programs saw his name scroll up the screen at the end.

I've got this yearning to listen to Radio Active all over again.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-30 21:18 (UTC)
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Me too; I taped a few episodes off the radio years and years ago. Now all I have to do is find them. Although they're probably floating around the internet as MP3s.
As is his death wasn't sad enough, a couple of papers are reporting that what apparently happened was that he seemed to pass out and fell in front of a lorry on the Marylebone Road.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-08-30 21:40 (UTC)
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I remember camping out as a teenager on Angelsey, cold and damp and listening to Radio Active through a single earphone. It was great! I don't remember anything else about the holiday, just that. One of those random memories that stick with you.

I'm downloading a few series of the national Local Radio Show (via BitTorrent) even as we speak. Don't tell anyone, though.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-30 22:08 (UTC)
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Now that makes me feel old. I think I must have been in my mid-twenties when I first heard Radio Active. I see by diligent googling that there's some of it out on tape, but now the BBC Shop at Aldwych has closed I'll have to see if I can find it on Amazon.
I'm not familiar with the Local Radio Show; what is it?
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2008-08-30 22:47 (UTC)
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Sorry, I was trying to be a clever (note the trying). Wasn't Radio Active billed as the only local radio station beaming nationally or some such nonsense?

And I think I was a teenager, but I camped in Angelsey as a twenty-something too. When were they broadcast? I'll Google it in a while, but QI has just started on Dave so it'll have to wait...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-30 23:10 (UTC)
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Dammit, I'm missing QI!
Radio Active was indeed billed that way; I'd forgotten. So it is floating around out there? Must investigate further...
My first encounter with Radio Active was the `Martin Chizzlenut' episode, which the Internet tells me was sometime in 1984. If memory serves, it must have been in the Spring or Summer of '84, because I heard it before I came down here in the October.
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