Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Funniest Man in the World

In 1963, there was no bigger TV star than Arthur Haynes, whose latest ATV series finished
on April 17th. Best known for his 'tramp' character, Arthur specialized in the bolshie underdog, and his TV show  was written by Johnny Speight, later to become famous for writing Till Death Us Do Part. Haynes' TV show was filmed 'as live' and left bits of 'corpsing' and ad-libs in, adding to the charm of his two-handed scenes with a young Nicholas Parsons. In our house, we all loved the Arthur Haynes Show, the image of him in his battered hat and tatty coat is one of the enduring early memories I have of watching TV with my dad. Cary Grant once dubbed Arthur "the funniest man in the world".

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