Early episodes are lost. With the exception of two episodes from 1964, the episodes from October 1960 onwards survive intact (though sometimes only as telerecordings edited for export), and have been issued on DVD. See more »
Arthur Haynes belongs to that age when music hall was finding itself upstaged by radio - with which it still managed to compete - and television.
Using radio as a stepping-stone, several acts managed to make the transition to the little screen and the quantum-leap in publicity and popularity that it offered. Jimmy Jewel, Tommy Trinder, and Charlie Chester became just such household names. Catchy, easily remembered, friendly, funny and blokish; cheeky, even risqué, but nothing you'd be ashamed to let you mother or mother-in-law hear, usually after a drink or two.
Arthur Haynes belonged to this tribe. He was straighter, less of a crowd-pleaser, more comedian than comic. He was up against the likes of Tony Hancock and Charlie Drake.
Haynes had his moments, surviving into the 1960's, by which time the post-music-hall turns were a busted flush. But he was pretty one-dimensional. He was over-dependent on repartee which was never all that funny. Often he featured with a small Irish fall-guy whose name escapes me now. Once he was top-bill at the London Palladium. Still, it's no mean feat to have your own TV show, so he deserves a mention.
I remember him more for being a dead-ringer for Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'. Seriously; check them out. Find a picture of Arthur, sketch a small moustache on a picture of the famous lady and compare. They're doppelgangers!
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