Four more bona shows from one of the most popular comedies
in the history of radio.. Starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth
Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee, Round
the Horne ran for four series between 1965 and 1968. It
was a groundbreaking piece of broadcasting, famous for its
catchphrases, clever innuendo, colourful characters and brilliantly
inventive scripts. These four classic episodes feature such
much-loved characters as Charles and Fiona, Rambling Syd Rumpo,
Seamus Android and the inimitable Julian and Sandy...
the Horne was a 60s radio institution like no other. It
introduced British audiences to characters such as Julian
and Sandy, Seamus Android, folk legend Rambling Syd Rumpo
and the ever-population Hornographic Productions film spoofs.
has been kind to the show - just the musical interlude sounds
out of place - and much of the humour has passed down through
the years pretty much unscathed, so if there was ever a show
that deserved a Best Of then this is surely it.
series three - from where these four episodes have been taken
- the format had become stable and the characters fully rounded.
In essence, there were no bad shows, although some were better
than others, and here are four of the best.
the only part of Round the Horne that totally fails
is Seamus Android, a spoof of This is Your Life host
Eamon Andrews. He was famed for not knowing who his guests
were, even as far as being ignorant of Charlton Hestons
career. However, as Andrews has now largely been forgotten
Seamus Android now just sounds like a racist Irish stereotype.
This, however, is not a fault of the show, just a product
all other respects this two-disc CD set is near perfect. If
high camp and low humour are to your taste then you could
do far worse than pick up Round the Horne: The Very Best
Episodes - Volume 3. According to Jules and Sand its
"fantabulosa" and who could argue with such bona
sing, in a jaunty style, the following Rambling Syd lament:
"Joe, he was a young cordwangler, Munging greebles he
did go, And he loved a bogler's daughter, By the name of Chiswick