1 9 6 8 – 1 9 6 9 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived Thames comedy revue series was an attempt to resurrect the old radio favourite Around The Horne.
Starring Kenneth Horne, Graham Stark, Sheila Steafel, Ken Parry, Alan Curtis and Donald Webster, the series vividly demonstrated the fact that a radio hit had no guarantee of success on television.
Several of the sketches were quite funny and the style was not unlike Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, but despite his excellent record of radio successes, Kenneth Horne failed to click with TV audiences.
Kenneth Horne collapsed at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 14 February 1969 while announcing awards at the Guild of Television Producers’ annual presentation.
He died shortly after he had been taken to St George’s Hospital, 500 yards away. He was 62.