Dick Emery Classic TV Show
"Ooh, you are awful! But I like you." Dick Emery stars in the hugely successful sketch show. Famous characters include Kitchener Lampwick, Randy Mandy, Sex-starved Hettie, Bovver Boy, The Toothy Vicar and Camp Clarence.
Dick Emery Fan Tributes28 David from Sheffield: The bovver boys dad was played by several actors over the years, including Roy Kinnear, but would anyone know the names of the other actors who played the bovver boys dad in the Dick Emery Show- one had a Scottish accent? Thanks.:)
27 Joseph Gil from Crawley Sussex: Dick Emery was one of the best comedians on TV . His various characters were beautifully created with the best possible comical effect.
26 Terry Meades from Lowestoft Suffolk: This is my fond tribute to Dick Emery. I have now moved back to Lowestoft Suffolk.
Remembering dick emery.
I used to like Dick Emery, as Mandy the buxom blond. But then there was the bovver boy, whom i really grew fond.
Er’e dad i got it wrong again, that sound would fill the air.
Then in another voice he’d say-
Oooh ! Hello honky tonks, whatr’e
You doin ere !
Here comes a nice young lady, she’s built like big ben’s chimes.
Oh you are awful !
Ive heard that a million times
My all time favourite was hetty, but you can call me miss_
Iv’e seen so many characters
Who really look like this.
I’m looking for a big strong man like you, that’s what hetty would say.
God bless you dear Dick Emery, we remember you to this day.
25 John Clive from London: I worked with Dick Emery a few times in his classic tv show, and I always enjoyed it. We did what was certainly my favourite sketch in my career, when I played a Wlliam Shakespeare with a writers block and left handed to boot. Dick was a quill pen seller and came up with some of the clasic Shaekespeare lines, which contrasted with my pathetic attempts. After a while I got a bit miffed with him and stalked to the mantleshelf, declaring 'You don't like anything I write, do you..?' I was almost in tears.. I can remember Dick saying before we went on that I should go for as many laughs as I could get. This was completely away from what was the norm with other famous names. But Dick was more of an actor than most, and very generous. In fact he was a very under rated actor. I liked him immensely. I spoke to him when he was in hospital, I was in Ireland and called him. He was as always, cheerful and upbeat, vowing to be out of here as soon as possible. I was absolutely shcoked when he died and flew back to England for the funeral at the church in Covent Garden. I miss him still. Wish I could remember the name of the sketch.
God bless...JC x
24 philip dowe from martham great yarmouth: I own and live at a butchers shop in martham when I was a lad dick emery filmed at the shop, I would love to know if any film of this is still around, I seem to remember one of his characters put there head out of our bathroom window above the shop, Ithink he filmed other sketches around the village as well thanks phil.
23 Tristan Morell from Eastbourne: Dick was a much underestimated legend ans you can see sketches from his shows on uktvdrama now. I loved his sketches with pat coombes. Another legend. one line that sticks out to me is when pat coombs is letting out a room in her flat and Dick turns up as an old tart with that dark look he gave his female characters: pat coombs introduces herself "I'm Miss nogging" Dick replies "So do I dear but were both over 18 lets face it!". classic stuff
22 mark from canada: For some reason I always remember an "interview" with the biker (or the bovver boy --I cannot quite remember) character which occured at the beginning of the show. I always thought this was clever: and would not to see it lost (have never seen it referred to elsewhere)
Interviewer: " Do you like doing things with people?"
Biker "No - but I like doing people with things!"
21 Adrian Grey from London: James Maynard Kitchener Lampwick !!
20 Derek from Reading: What was the FULL name of character Lampwick? I believe he had about 6 or so names....
19 Dawn Hussey from Herefordshire: Dick Emery was a comedian way ahead of his time. Every character in his show was hilarious, especially Mandy, Hetty and Honky Tonk. The so called comedians of today are rubbish compared to the great Dick Emery. Me and my mate Dave often talk about The Dick Emery Show and reminisce about
many of the sketches and characters. God bless you, Dick.
18 N.J.Platten from Hull, England: " MY FAVOURITE COMIC, DICK EMERY" i never missed a show, he was a comic geneous, he was also very underrated. He could take any character,man or woman and make you laugh, Mandy for instance, and the old man eater battleaxe, two of my favourite.
There is no one today that can match him or come close.
They certainly broke the mould with Dick.
One funny favourite of mine was when he played honky tonk and signed up for the Queens own regiment because he fancied, the butch soldier in the careers office.brilliant.
We will never forget you!!!
17 Scott from England: I was watching a Dick Emery show yesterday morning on UK Drama and in one sketch he portrayed my favourite character - war veteran Lampwick. In one part of the slot, his son - in - law Ernie said something to upset the old chap and made him cry - which I thought was very moving. I'm only a young boy of 23 but I have the greatest respect for older people.
He did another moving Lampwick slot in today's show which had the elderly chap grieving for his pet parrot and had a very glamorous young girl sitting beside him and consoling him on the park bench (you could do that to me any time pet). He was a marvellous comic - especially as busty blonde siren Mandy.
16 Allen Forster from Cornwall GB: "Ooh you are awful but I like you." The skinhead son. "Dad, I got it wrong again." Allen Forster
15 SUSAN RICHARDSON from SLOUGH BERKSHIRE: I HAD EVERY REASON TO LOVE THE DICK EMERY SHOW BECAUSE MY MOTHERS COUSIN JOHN SINGER WAS ONE OF THE SCRIPT WRITERS SO IM VERY PROUD OF THAT FACT
14 Charles Lyon from Flagstaff Arizona: I just remember seeing some of the funniest comedy in Sydney Australia, watching the dick emery show.
13 DARREN AUSTIN from Australia: I am originally from Canada and in 1977 he used to come over for tea as he lived next door. He would entertain us all night. We lived on the broads near Great Yarmouth. He was a great fella
12 John Masterton from Brechin, Scotland: I loved many 70s comedy shows, and was forced to watch them all - there was only 3 channels ! ... thank goodness!
As a young lad, I looked forward to the Dick Emery Show. Dick will never know the large part he played in keeping up the spirits of the folks in the 70s.
If he missed out any characters or sketches on his shows, I would have noticed...so if one of the shows missed out the skinheads, I would have been disappointed...
Looking back, my fave part was the 2 skinheads - roy kinnear and dick... truly comic genius.... and in many ways, ahead of their time - even now.... Dry British Humour reigns supreme !
11 johh clarkson from uk: The show when Roy Kinnear and his infamous son going around a Manor House, pointing out to American tourists the names of the painters: Mozart etc with their reply: " I didn't know he was also a painter" and his reply: "Well he did a bit of painting on the side." Dick stands there looking like a right burke and his face is just so funny! Dick Emery and Laurel & Hardy are comedians in a class of their own as far as I'm concerned!
10 bert from england: DAD I THINK I GOT IT WRONG AGAIN.....
9 Terry Meades. from Aylesbury England: Many years ago I had an LP of Dick Emery, each character would sing his or her own song. From the Rev Chislet, to Poor old frustrated Hetty. Alas due to moving house I lost the record, I would do anything to get another copy of the LP can anyone help? please..
8 Trevor from Norfolk UK: The Mandy character was something well worth waiting for each week. Picture it. We're watching a research interviewer doing a vox pop so typical of old-time TV.
The anonymous street... here's Mandy [Dick], an airhead blonde. She enters from the left... long blonde wig, high heels, tight skirt.
The bespectacled young man interviewing the public, back to camera, [in a sheepskin jacket as I recall], would intercept "her" and begin with something like, "Excuse me, young lady." to which Mandy would pout and look at the camera, hamming it up, pseudo-embarrased and camply biting her top lip for all she's worth: "Yes?"
The interviewer's research bit would always have a two-part element, the first, totally innocent, the second full of innuendo, e.g. "Does your boyfriend enjoy eating crisps?"
"Well, I suppose..." Looks confused.
Interviewer, deadpan, continues, "What I mean is, when he takes you out, does he enjoy a nibble in the back row of the cinema?"
Mandy would double take, then strike the interviewer hard with the palm of her flat right hand on his shoulder, fingers pointing up. he would reel back and she'd deliver the knockout line, "Oooh, you are awful [pause]...but I like you!", the last bit spoken while tossing her head knowingly.
The 'but I like you' was always clipped and very flirtacious.
Mandy exits to the right. Camera follows. Wait fir it, there...always that hilarious stumble over her high high heels and she waddles off bow-legged. A repetitive but ever-effective formula. Dick Emery knew his audience and they loved him... or was it, her?! This was just one of many wonderfully observed characters we all lapped up.
7 BERNIE from BLACKPOOL: DEAR ALL
REMEMBER WORKING WITH DICK IN THE SIXTIES IN BOURNEMOUTH ALLWAYS LAUGHING OUT LOUD THE BOTH OF US PEOPLE DONT DO THAT NOW, UNLESS THERE PI**ED,
LOVE TO ALL BERNIEXXX
6 Bradley Holstead from Canada: I haven't seen the show in maybe 30 years, but I remember it clearly even if i was only 7 or 8! Still use "ooh you are awful..." all the time. Amazing how many people get it...brilliant stuff. Wish we could pick it up over here...
5 John Charbonneau from Ontario, Canada: In 1970 I attended the Jim Russell Racing Driver's School at Snetterton Circuit. While there, the BBC filmed "Dick Emery's Grand Prix" and I was one of the race car drivers and extras in the show. Graham Hill flew in in his airplane and Dick Emery arrived on a brand new Honda 750cc motorcycle. He was very friendly to us and very funny both on and off camera. I was 20 years old at the time and it was the highlite of my life, to that date, to be involved in such a production and to be on the race track with Graham Hill ( I actually passed him!). Dick Emery was in the character of Old Lampwick and drove an ancient car (I think a Ford). The show was hilarious and I wish I could somehow obtain a copy of it. Sadly, not too many people in North America know about Dick Emery but I have always felt that he was an extremely funny man.
4 Garrett McGovern from Dublin,Eire.: I love the scene where bovver boy and son go into the insurance claims department to report that their garden shed was burnt down by a spark from a neighbours fire. In typical fashion Gaylord lets the cat out of the bag and unwittingly admits that they started the fire themselves. 'Dad I think I gorra wrong again'. Priceless.
3 DARRELL BROUGH. from STOKE: I loved Dick Emery because his humour was so funny and clean not like the so called comedy shows today. A totally brilliant comic way ahead of his time.
2 Stephen Davies from Beddau, Pontypridd: A brilliant comedian whose performances were always of the highest standard and sure to make you laugh. Why his name is rarely mentioned in today's media is one the greatest mysteries of broadcasting history.
1 Neil Gray from Bedfordshire: Clasic comedy drama, performed by a very talanted, underated comedic actor that was always going to be stronger than the scripts provided. The Dick Emery Show is simply really funny.
1917-02-19: Dick Emery was born.
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