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Lance Percival obituary

9 January 2015 9:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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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Actor Lance Percival dies, aged 81

9 January 2015 6:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 became known in the 1960s for his performances on That Was the Week That Was, and went on to appear in films like Carry on Cruising in 1962 and Up Pompeii in 1981.

He voiced Paul and Ringo in The Beatles' animated TV show from 1965 to 1969 and went on to play Old Fred in 1968's Yellow Submarine.

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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