Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lord Bonkers' Diary: Richard Grayson says "Shut that door!"

Few now will remember him, but for a time there was no performer more popular than Richard Grayson. From Shut That Door! through Liberals, International Relations and Appeasement to The Generation Game he was appeared in an interrupted stream of hit shows.

His catchphrases were on everyone’s lips: “Look at the muck on ’ere,” “Seems like a nice boy “and (an acid comment on the quality of some Focus leaflets) “The things I’ve had through my letterbox.” Best of all were the hilarious characters he invented: Slack Alice, Apricot Lil, L.T. Hobhouse, Everard Farquharson, T.H. Green. How we laughed!

Today Grayson is Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London. It is funny how things turn out.

Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South-West 1906-10.

Previously in Lord Bonkers' Diary...

1 comment:

Richard T said...

Indeed in the same way that Eric Heffer's son Simon turned out to be a raving Tory, although he does have his late father's absolute sense of his own rightness, and Wilfred Pickles's son Eric who has morphed into the joker of the Tory party, presenting, as he does, rantings about local government profligacy while neglecting the memory of his own suckling at the teat of expenses.