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Would its cameras be allowed inside Westminster Abbey? ... A lot of television sets would be sold as a result of the U-turn. The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
The BBC’s live television broadcast was in black and white. ibid.
Brookside was set in a classic early eighties’ new-build housing estate. Melvyn Bragg on Class & Culture III, BBC 2012
A pioneer who changed the nature of broadcasting. Sir David Frost: That Was the Week That Was, BBC 2013
Politics, satire and entertainment. ibid.
The host of the BBC’s That Was The Week That Was in 1962. ibid.
He was the only person to interview seven consecutive American presidents. ibid.
The Frost Report brought together those who would go on to transform British comedy – members of the future Monty Python team and the Goodies cut their teeth here, and Ronnie first worked with Ronnie. ibid.
In 1967 he successfully spearheaded the bid to launch London Weekend Television. ibid.
The Nixon interviews took place over thirty hours, with Watergate forming just four hours of the total time. ibid.
‘We’d won the greatest gamble of our lives’ ibid. Frost
Dave was 12 when his father died aged 48. Dave Allen: God’s Own Comedian, BBC 2013
Appearing on the BBC’s New Faces in 1959 didn’t bring Dave his breakthrough. ibid.
The newly dubbed Dave Allen won a spot hosting on Helen Shapiro's 1963 tour alongside four lads from Liverpool. Sophie Tucker’s contact arranged some gigs in Sydney. ibid.
Tonight with Dave Allen ran for 2 years on Channel 9. ibid.
In 1967 Dave was offered his own series by ATV. ibid.
Deciding to concentrate on comedy, Dave moved to the BBC in 1969: The Dave Allen Show. ibid.
Dave was banned from Irish television. ibid.
Television ... a mass democracy of rude. Rude Britannia 3/3: You’ve Never Had It So Rude, BBC 2010
It was comedy like Till Death Us Do Part that brought rude to peak-time television. ibid.
Bernard Manning was a king of northern comedy. Manning made his part of seventies Britain laugh. ibid.
The Comedians made national stars of regional comics. ibid.
Rudeness that was crude and offensive. ibid.
Television also satirised Margaret Thatcher in a comedy show that first appeared on ITV in 1984: Spitting Image. ibid.
Spitting Image didn’t just attack politicians; the programme also went for the British establishment ... Now the Windsors were part of Rude Britannia. ibid.
A generation intent on creating a new kind of comedy ... The Young Ones were getting laughs out of new sensitivities. ibid.
What political correctness demanded was that comedians like Bernard Manning should have no place in television’s mass democracy of rude. ibid.
Banned from television Manning became the new alternative comedy that went underground. ibid.
One series proves that television’s mass democracy of rude can still exist today: Little Britain. ibid.
It’s easy to make someone into a monster. It’s hard to see that you’re on that path too. Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck, Sky Atlantic 2019
The Republican convention should have been this crowning moment for Roger. But instead he was embroiled in chaos. ibid. woman
Roger always knew the lowest common denominator in people. ibid. woman #2
We used to call it riling up the crazies. ibid. Fox dude
A sexual harassment case against popular cable TV host Bill O’Reilly. ibid. news commentary
Gretchen Carlson: Fox News Boss Roger Ailes Fired Me For Refusing Sex With Him. ibid. online news headline
14 more women came forward and said, What about me? ibid.
O’Reilly Settled Harassment Claim in January for $32. ibid. CNN banner
Murdoch Dismissed Fox Scandals: ‘It’s All Nonsense.’ ibid. CNN banner
Since 2004, sexual harassment at 21st Century Fox has led to payouts of more than $163 million. Settlements require silence. ibid. caption
Roger Ailes, Founder of Fox News Channel, Dead at Age 77. ibid. Fox News banner
They were something completely different. As unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition to the ripping up of the rule book of television comedy, and creating a surreal … world of silly walks, dead parrots, fish slapping, cross-dressing lumberjacks, pepper pots, gumbies and a whole host of other sketches. No, we will be saying more. Python at 50: Silly Talks & Holy Grails, BBC 2019
The peak of their power and that many including John Cleese have called their masterpiece – In 1979 there are on location in Tunisia for The Life of Brian … fun times. ibid.
Michael is I think probably the funniest really … spells of … a creative genius … he just creates material. ibid.
The famous titles: designed by the group’s lone American author – Terry Gilliam. ibid.
‘We’re not about to allow this sort of smut to be shown on screen. ibid. cartoon of head between legs
‘I think I had a mini nervous breakdown … I’ve got to get out. I need space … A great deal of resentment …’ ibid. John Cleese
Fawlty Towers: They surely deserve some credit. ibid.
They still got on and worked well together … Monty Python & the Holy Grail. ibid.
‘It’s about a search for a Holy Grail which is large creature albit like a dodo with a beak. And people are trying to find this Grail. No. It’s a big let down. The whole film is a great anti-climax.’ ibid. Graham Chapman
‘Four pints of gin a day.’ ibid. Chapman on Parkinson
The Life of Brian: The film was banned in countries around the world. ibid.
‘This is such a tenth-rate film.’ ibid. Malcolm Muggeridge, Parkinson
Their final film: The Meaning of Life … The best of Python and as challenging as ever. ibid.
The Meaning of Life ends with a visit from the Grim Reaper. ibid.
‘The petty difference were forgotten.’ ibid. Python on Chapman’s illness & death
We know the rhythm of all those sketches. ibid. Palin
Lauded and acclaimed. ibid.
The defining problem of contemporary television is trust. Can you believe what you see on television? Does television treat people fairly? Is it healthy for society? Jeremy Paxman, Edinburgh TV Festival 2007
Edward’s heart was set on something that really broke the Royal mould: showbizz … A special charity edition of the bonkers TV show It’s a Knockout. Paxman on the Queen’s Children, Channel 5 2019