Do you remember this chap?

Frank Herbert Muir was an English comedy writer, radio and television personality, and raconteur. His writing and performing partnership with Denis Norden endured for most of their careers. Together they wrote BBC radio’s Take It From Here for over 10 years, and then appeared on BBC radio quizzes My Word! and My Music for another 35 years. Frank became Assistant Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC in the 1960s, and was then London Weekend Television’s founding Head of Entertainment.

On one occasion, Frank was seated alongside another guest on an evening chat show. It was a long time ago and nobody can remember whose show it was or who the other guests were, except they were chatting about birds, and the other guest said “I’m not actually an orthinologist”. That’s when Frank Muir interjected in a split second quip with “I would say you’re more of a word-botcher.”

I think this is one of his funniest quotes: “It has been said that a bride’s attitude towards her betrothed can be summed up in three words: Aisle. Alter. Hymn.”

Then a long time ago, there was a TV show called: “What’s my Line” and another called “Twenty Questions”, featuring a man with a deep voice, Gilbert Harding, whose many careers included schoolmaster, journalist, policeman, disc-jockey, actor, interviewer and television presenter.  See a video about him here.

Gilbert had a wicked sense of humour. For example, he said:

“A judge said that all his experience, both as counsel and judge, had been spent sorting out the difficulties of people who, upon the recommendation of people they did not know, signed documents which they did not read, to buy goods they did not need, with money they had not got.”

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