Round the Horne is a British radio comedy show, first broadcast by the
BBC in four series of weekly shows between 1965 and 1968, and frequently
repeated since then. The programme was created by the writers Barry Took
and Marty Feldman (pictured), and stars Kenneth Horne, with a supporting
cast of Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and, in the first
three series, Bill Pertwee. Horne plays a benign central figure
surrounded by a gallery of larger-than-life characters including the
camp pair Julian and Sandy, the disreputable eccentric J. Peasmold
Gruntfuttock, and the singer of dubious folk songs, Rambling Syd Rumpo,
who all became nationally familiar throughout the UK. The show was much
criticised by morality campaigners for its irreverence and double
entendres, but attracted an unusually large audience at the time, and in
a 2019 poll was voted the BBC's third-best radio show of any genre, and
the best British radio comedy series of all.
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (obsolete) The number nine.
2. (rare) Any grouping or system containing nine objects.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I get no kick from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at
all, So tell me why it should be true That I get a kick out of you?
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