Saturday, 16 July 2011
Britain says "Happy Birthday" to a quintessentialy 'English' comic actor and ex-Goody called Tim Brooke-Taylor
Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor is 71 today.
Things you possible didn't know about Tim, that he :
* was born in Derbyshire, England, the Grandson of Francis Pawson, a church parson who played centre-forward for England's football team in the 1880's.
* was the son of a mother who had been an international lacrosse player and a father who was a solicitor.
* was educated at Winchester College and studied at the University of Cambridge. where he read law and mixed with other budding comedians, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Bill Oddie in the University 'Footlights Club' of which he became President in 1963.
* moved swiftly into BBC Radio with the fast-paced comedy show 'I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again' in which he performed as the screeching eccentric Lady Constance de Coverlet.
* performed in the TV series 'On the Braden Beat' taking over the slot vacated by Peter Cook in his guise as E L Wisty, a reactionary right-wing city gent..
*in 1967, moved to the comedy TV series 'At Last the 1948 Show' with Cleese, Chapman and Marty Feldman and co wrote the famous 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch :
Plain Clothes police women sketch :
* took part in 'The Goodies' in 1970 which was a huge television success, running for over a decade on the BBC.
* appeared with Oddie and Garden, in the Amnesty International show, 'A Poke in the Eye' during which they sang their hit song 'Funky Gibbon'.
Clips from Tim's career :
Tim was expelled from an all-girls school at the age of five, being one of just two boys in the school, whose antics in the Brownies proved so chaotic that it was recommended that they leave.