2016 has seen the death of so many wonderful entertainers. The most recent was the very talented comedienne and writer Caroline Aherne. I have always loved her magnificent comic creation Mrs. Merton, the sweet looking, but acid tongued chat show hostess who could always put her celebrity guests into a false sense of security, and then ask them the most personal, embarrassing question within the next second. You can buy the complete collection of 'The Mrs. Merton Show' on a five DVD set here: The Mrs. Merton Show - The Complete BBC Series 1-5 [DVD], which is well worth the money, and something I can personally watch again over and over again.
This official tie-in video (see also The Mrs Merton Show: The Best Of Series 1 [VHS]) was released in 1996, and contains the best bits from the hysterical second series, which aired on the BBC over the previous year. These aren't complete episodes, just a compilation of clips, but they all make for a hugely entertaining VHS which runs for a lengthy 111 minutes.
The plentiful highlights include Mrs. Merton's brilliant interrogation into Dame Barbara Windsor's 'colourful' private life, the memorable lines addressed to George Best, and the car-crash encounter with Kriss Akabusi, who really didn't understand the show's format, and Mrs. Merton's cheeky approach.
On the tape, there is an exclusive, specially made introduction from Mrs. Merton herself, and a trio of friends: Enid, Sylvia and Liz, who were only three of the many wonderful elderly audience members who contributed so much to what really was a unique, landmark programme which still holds up reasonably well today. This introduction sees the four ladies chatting candidly on the sofa about their favourite, and least favourite guests over the past series. With hindsight, what was said about the disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris only manages to add more comedy to be the whole affair, considering what we all know about him now.
Watching this VHS tape today makes me truly sad that Caroline is no longer with us. She was somebody very special, a comedic genius who knew all about good timing, but her excellent work will live on for many years to come.