1 9 4 9 – 1 9 5 3 (UK)
30 x 30 minute episodes
How Do You View? starred famous gap-toothed comedian Terry-Thomas in a series of skits and sketches interspersed with musical items and celebrity guest stars.
The shows consisted of cod interviews, wacky parodies and bizarre characters often utilising techniques that were totally new, and quite daring for live television, including a sketch where he played a headless Sir Walter Raleigh playing bowls.
The series was an instant success with the public and Terry-Thomas became a huge star.
The supporting cast often appeared in recurring roles, such as Peter Butterworth who played his chauffeur, Lockitt (a mere status symbol because Terry couldn’t afford to own a car).
Other’s in the cast included Avril Angers, Benny Lee and Janet Brown (wife of Peter Butterworth).
Leslie Mitchell, the first television announcer in the world, “interviewed” Terry in many of his guises. Mitchell’s job as a television announcer in 1936 was to sit on a stool in front of a TV camera at Alexandra Palace and talk impromptu for a few moments every so often during the day so early viewers could check that their new television sets were indeed working!
Herbert C. Walton