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Pretty Poor Selection of a Great Show
on 28 March 2014
"Take it From Here" (TIF'E) was one of the three great shows that came from the BBC in the 1950s (the others being "The Goon Show" and "Hancock's Half Hour). It started out with two notable writers, Frank Muir -- writing for Jimmy Edwards -- and Dennis Norden -- working for Dick Bentley. Edwards and Bentley were combined with Australian Joy Nichols (a fellow Aussie with Bentley). Though little known today, Nichols was so valuable for the show when she left she was replaced by TWO tremendous talents, June Whitfield and Alma Cogan!
TIFE was funny from the start, but it really became a classic after Whitfield and Cogan joined the cast (especially as it was then they started the Glums). This selection of the primitive show aren't bad in themselves, but only four shows are included, one recorded on location on a navy ship and at least one that is often repeated on Radio 4-extra.
So little care was put into this product that on the front Dick Bentley is identified as "Derek Bentley."