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Star of the satirical 60s television show That Was the Week That Was
In the 1960s, Lance Percival, who has died aged 81, was a member of the team fronting That Was the Week That Was, the groundbreaking Saturday night BBC television programme that brought satire to the masses. Percival was the one who impersonated and lampooned the aristocratic demeanour of the Conservative prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home. If the programme’s caustic wit did not bring to an end the dominance of the wealthy elite, it did mark the start of lesser mortals claiming the right to openly poke fun at them.
Harold Macmillan, as portrayed by Willie Rushton, had been the original target of the show when it began in 1962. Percival was very good casting for Home: both were lean and sharp-featured, and Percival also managed to introduce into his impersonation an air of bemused insecurity.
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Lance Percival has died at the age of 81.
News of the actor's passing on January 6 was confirmed in an announcement in The Daily Telegraph.
"Lance (John Lancelot Blades) died peacefully on 6th January 2015 after a long illness," the notice read.
"Much loved father of Jamie and brother of Elizabeth and Penelope."
His funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 20 at Putney Vale Crematorium.
Donations can be made to The Royal Marsden Hospital.
Percival had a top 40 hit in the UK singles charts with his cover of 'Shame and Scandal in the Family'.
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