on 29 April 2009
On one cd, two older Christmas editions of Clue - complete with Willie Rushton; on the other the Tour de Force that is Ebenezer Scrumph running a music emporium, aided by his poorly paid pianist, Colin Crotchet.
Not only does this now stand as a fine tribute to Humph, but also to the late, great Linda Smith - one of the very few women ever permitted on the show (Jo Kendal, Denise Coffey, Sandi Toksvig - who is in this production - and if you can think of any others, let me know!). And in the role of Mrs Crotchet, she sneaks one of the best lines in the show: "Colin!" she cries, "did you open the door all by yourself? What a clever pianist you are. Normally you can't find the key and don't know where to come in..."
I rest my case. It's one of the best things you'll ever listen to with "Christmas" in the title.
(Oh - and for some reason I thought Stephen Fry could sing. Not when he's got to partner Jeremy Hardy, it seems...)
on 29 January 2008
Most Christmas specials are dire :- the same bad jokes about turkey, wrapping and dissapointing presents.The "ISIHAC" team instead hilariously mock "A Christmas Carol" but manage to fit in the usual games :- cover your ears as Fry & Hardy salughter "A wandering Ministrel"; Samnatha is at it gain and "Mornington Crescent" is given the royal treatment.
Clever, witty and festive, audio Prozac I believe !