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43,204.  The essence of being funny is confidence.  (Comedy & Confidence)  Kenneth Williams, Fantabulosa!  BBC 2006

 

44,609.  Friend and Neighbour: What time you coming round then?  Good.  We’ll watch the tele together – you choose.  

 

Kenneth Williams: They’ll be nothing on.  There never is.  (Comedy & Television)  ibid.

 

44,641.  Kenneth Williams’ mum:  Oh, look at that!

 

TV repair man:  That’s our new seventeen-inch console, madam.

 

Kenneth Williams’ mum:  I should think seventeen inches is enough to console anyone.  (Television & Comedy)  ibid.

 

90,159.  Lots of people on about Joe’s [Orton] death.  Everyone phoning and asking the same thing – why?  (Suicide & Comedy)  ibid.

 

 

43,205.  My father was a Cockney; he hated my kind of talk.  (Comedy & Talk)  Kenneth Williams, The Russell Harty Show 1973

 

43,206.  The essence of all true communication is a lack of inhibition, isn’t it?  That’s the essence of it.  (Comedy & Communication)  ibid.

 

 

78,447.  Share My Lettuce.  Kenneth Williams Revue Show

 

 

90,158.  Yes I’ve put stuff down about suicide.  How one would go about it.  What would be the best method, all that kind of thing.  (Suicide & Comedy)  Kenneth Williams, Good Afternoon 1976

 

 

115,167.  Kenneth Williams’ memorable performances on radio, television and film made him one of the best loved comedians of his generation.  Reputations s5e4: Kenneth Williams: Seriously Outrageous, BBC 1998

 

115,168.  ‘He was a melancholic depressed man shot through with moments of delight.’  ibid.  Miriam Margoyles

 

115,169.  One of the more unlikely soldiers in the British army.  ibid.

 

115,170.  Round the Horne was the most popular radio show of the day.  ibid.  

 

115,171.  Williams was in big demand … A master at controlling an audience.  ibid.

 

115,235.  Williams’ comic persona was now a form of self protection.  ibid.  

 

 

115,236.  By the mid 1960s Kenneth Williams’ flared nostrils, elastic vocal chords and distinct brand of comic hysteria had made him a unique performer.  Nowhere more so than in the Carry On films.  Reputations s5e5: Kenneth Williams: Desperately Funny

 

115,237.  He became his own material.  ibid.

 

115,238.  He [Orton] urged Kenneth to shed his inhibitions.  ibid.

 

115,239.  He could be appalled by his own behaviour but the reaction it generated filled an emotional gap in his life.  ibid.  

 

115,240.  Just a Minute was more than just a game show to Williams.  ibid.

 

115,241.  But in real life Williams could be far ruder and far angrier.  ibid.

 

115,242.  The television chat show and Williams became its king.  ibid.

 

115,243.  He had mused on suicide since his earliest days.  ibid.

 

 

43,212.  Incredibly talented and fascinating woman both on and off screen.  Ruth Jones, played Hattie in BBC’s ‘Hattie’

 

 

43,213.  You just have to be a funny fat lady.  Hattie Jacques

 

 

43,214.  I don’t like playing battleaxes.  I want to feel protected like any other woman.  I’m just a helpless little kitten.  I’m pathologically shy.  Hattie Jacques

 

 

43,215.  Oh I realise of course it was the sight of me in the shower that aroused your slumbering manhood.  Hattie Jacques to Kenneth Williams, Carry On

 

 

43,216.  You’re the nation’s favourite silly frigid fat girl.  Hattie, BBC 2012 **** John le Mesurier to Hattie; see also Andy Merriman, Hattie: The Authorised Biography of Hattie Jacques

 

43,217.  Anyone can see you’re lovely.  ibid.  John the driver to Hattie

 

43,218.  This is you being hunted.  ibid.

 

43,219.  It’s an interesting sort of life.  ibid.  Hattie

 

43,220.  I won’t hurt him.  Or the boys.  ibid.  Hattie to John the driver

 

43,221.  John’s had lapses; we both have.  ibid.  Hattie

 

43,222.  You’re not the first, you know.  I’ve weathered the storm before.  ibid.  John le Mesurier to John the driver

 

43,223.  I’ll be your little secret.  ibid.  John the driver to Hattie

 

43,224.  There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.  ibid.  John to Hattie

 

43,225.  I can’t do anything without you.  ibid.  John le Mesurier to Hattie

 

43,226.  Mummy and daddy are going to get a divorce.  ibid.  Hattie to boys

 

43,227.  Hattie’s secret relationship with John Schofield lasted for several years.  In 1966 while she was filming in Rome John left Hattie for another woman.  Hattie and john le Mesurier remained close friends until her death in 1980.  ibid.

 

 

43,228.  Despite being a seemingly ever-present face on cinema and television screens for over fifty years, John le Mesurier never considered himself anything other than an ordinary jobbing actor.  John Le Mesurier: It’s All Been Rather Lovely, BBC 2012

 

43,229.  Appearing in a hundred films in the fifties and sixties alone.  ibid.

 

43,230.  Still reeling from Joan's affair, John received a job offer that would lift his spirits and his career to a new high [Dad’s Army].  ibid.

 

 

43,231.  This sort of still small voice of benign confusion.  (Comedy & Confusion)  Michael Palin

 

 

43,232.  I don’t want any fuss.  I just want to be like an ordinary sergeant.  (Comedy & Soldier)  John le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, Dad’s Army

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