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I enjoyed this many times - many, many times,
This review is from: Round the Horne, Series 1, Part 1 (The Golden Age of BBC Radio Comedy) (Audio CD)
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Back in the dark days of 1965 we had little to entertain us, but then came Beyond Our Ken, followed by Round the Horne. As well as industrialist/comedian (not a combination you see these days) Kenneth Horne, we had Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Bill Pertwee in support as well as Kenneth Williams chewing the scenery and providing ad libs, and a superb set of scripts by Barry Took and Marty Feldman
In these early episodes, the running jokes begin to be established: we have 'Trends',and Julian and Sandy appearing in their first instantiation as 'Rent-a-chap', but best of all we have Betty Marsden acting her socks off as Bea Clissold, music hall star and loose woman, looking back on her life. Williams is superb as Spasm the butler ("Go back to London, young master!") and the ensemble performance is superb.
The CDs are nicely indexed so if you hate the Frazer Hayes Four you can skip them with a press of a button, and move on to enjoy some of the funniest material the BBC has ever produced.