Sad Passing of My TV Friends

I was born at the end of the 50s and was very fortunate in many ways to grow up in the 60s & 70s.

I’ve benefited from the incredible progress in technology, and take for granted things like jet travel, dish washers, washing machines and dryers, as well as cars that do not need an oil change every few thousand miles! (My dad has loads of stories like this).

Another area is medicine, with new operations and cures being announced weekly. Hundreds of thousands of people benefit every year, probably including many you know.

But back to the 60s & 70s, and in particular TV.

What a golden age it was – as well as a few total duds!

Many of the entertainers who found a new medium in TV were of the old school. They toured the theatres in the two decades before the little screen became popular, honing their skills and timing to perfection.

The best example perhaps was Morecambe & Wise, who dominated Christmas every year in MorecambeAndWisethe 70s.

Enjoy this classic!

What brought all this to mind was the news that we had lost another truly great performer, Victoria Wood.

This came after we seemingly had a rash of deaths in 2015 and into 2016 of some very famous names.

In no particular order, and ones that speak to me:

Cilla Black – George Cole – Gordon Honeycombe

Nicholas Smith (Mr Rumbold) – Maureen O’Hara

Dean Jones, star of The Love Bug – Omar Sharif

James Last – Christopher Lee – Patrick Macnee

Errol Brown – Keith Harris – Leonard Nimoy

Alan Rickman – Terry Wogan – David Bowie

Paul Daniels – Ronnie Corbett

And now Prince!

Ronnie Corbett was one of my favourites, a small man with a big heart. Who can forget one of TheTwoRonnieshe greatest TV sketches of all time, Four Candles, with the fantastic Ronnie Barker.

I still laugh now at the pure beauty of it – a simple idea, magic acting, and impeccable timing.

I am watching it now and am crying with laughter.

Treat yourself

Look at the generalist shop. These were once common and family owned, ran by folk who knew their customers and provided a service with a smile. Now hardly any exist!

Good bye my TV friends, and thank you for your craft, and most of all the tremendous comedy.

We will never see your like again. 

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About Graeme Urwin

My passion is to help senior doctors and dentists organise their finances to create their own strategy to achieve their goals in life. I do this impartially as I charge fees. Outside of work the words that best describe me are: family man, squash, badminton, jogging, travel, reading, archaeology, genealogy, writing a book on Robert the Bruce. I live in the hills of Northumberland in Rothbury and believe in living the life you love.