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End of a Comedy era. RIP Ray Galton

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by KittenKong, Oct 6, 2018.


  1. KittenKong

    KittenKong PetForums VIP

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    Sad to learn the death of Ray Galton at the age of 88. The other half of one of the best comedy partnerships ever. Alan Simpson passed away last year.

    Well known as the writers for "Hancock's Half" hour with Tony Hancock they are, arguably, best remembered for "Steptoe and Son" which ran from 1962-1965 and 1969-1974.

    In common with most BBCtv programmes many of the episodes were lost. By great good fortune the duo had copies made on an early home open reel videotape format. As a result the programme is now unique in BBC terms in existing in its entirety, even if most of the 1969-70 episodes made in colour now exist in black and white. They were presumed lost for good before their re-discovery.

    To tell you the truth, I thought it was ok in the '70s, nothing special really.

    It was when I saw the (then) last 1965 series did I really appreciate it. Excellent scripts, storylines, performances and comedy at its very best. It had clearly reached its peak at the time. The series ended on a high.

    Then a gap of four years before the series was revamped.

    Two great writers have passed on, but their work will live on forever.

    Goodbye Ray, and belatedly Alan and thank you.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45772088


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38906672
     
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    havoc PetForums VIP

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    Me too but still appreciate the world is a better place for them having been in it :)
     
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    A sad loss

    RIP Ray
     
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