Omnibus (1967–2003)

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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

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David Collings ...
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David Puttnam ...
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Ben Elton ...
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Kirsty Wark ...
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Eric Morecambe ...
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Henry Livings ...
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Ernie Wise ...
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Barry Norman ...
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Jonathan Miller ...
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Pink Floyd ...
 Themselves (3 episodes, 1968-1994)
Tommy Steele ...
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 Herself (3 episodes, 1974-1997)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1976-2001)
Eleanor Bron ...
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Judith Paris ...
 Elizabeth Siddal / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1970)
Christopher Gable ...
 Eric Fenby / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Humphrey Burton ...
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 Narrator / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1971)
Patrick Allen ...
 Narrator (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1974-2002)
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 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
Rick Wakeman ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1982-1995)
Edward Judd ...
 Philip Marlowe / ... (2 episodes, 1969-1978)
Ronald Searle ...
 Himself - Interviewee (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Gaugin / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1990)
Iza Teller ...
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Don Black ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Gala Mitchell ...
 Fallen Woman / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1970)
Kathleen Raine ...
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Desmond Jones ...
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1971-1998)
Bryan Forbes ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1968-2002)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1968-2000)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1968-1998)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1968-1998)
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J.B. Priestley ...
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Malcolm Arnold ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1969-1991)
Kynaston Reeves ...
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Glyn Worsnip ...
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1972-1994)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1995)
Bob Monkhouse ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1995)
Ronnie Scott ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1989)
Ninette de Valois ...
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1995)
John Bird ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1995)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1990)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1976-1990)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1990)
(2 episodes, 1976-1986)
Stan Tracey ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1989)
Nat Gonella ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1988)
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 Herself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1978-2001)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1978-1999)
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 Little Red Riding Hood / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1981-2002)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1995)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1981-1994)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
Max Stafford-Clark ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1981-1988)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1983-2001)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1993)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1983-1988)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1986-1999)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1986-1998)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1992)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
Annie Chapman ...
 Herself - 1843-8th September 1888 / ... (2 episodes, 1988-2002)
Catherine Eddowes ...
 Herself - 1845-29th September 1888 / ... (2 episodes, 1988-2002)
Mary Jane Kelly ...
 Herself - 1863-9th November 1888 / ... (2 episodes, 1988-2002)
Mary Ann Nichols ...
 Herself - 1846-31st August 1888 / ... (2 episodes, 1988-2002)
Elizabeth Stride ...
 Herself - 1843-29th September 1888 / ... (2 episodes, 1988-2002)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1988-2001)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1996)
John Lloyd ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1990-2001)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1990-1999)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1991-1998)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1994)
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 Herself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2001)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1995)
Michael Parkinson ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1998)
William Blake ...
 Himself - Subject (1 episode, 1967)
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 Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1 episode, 1967)
Max Adrian ...
 Frederick Delius (1 episode, 1968)
Christopher Burstall ...
 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 1968)
Derek Hart ...
 Himself - Interviewer (1 episode, 1969)
Peter McEnery ...
 Modigliani (1 episode, 1970)
Kenneth Clark ...
 Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1972)
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 John Milton (1 episode, 1972)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1978)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Huw Wheldon ...
 Subject (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Haigh ...
 George Grosz (1 episode, 1987)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Christopher Frayling ...
 Himself - Professor of Cultural History, The Royal College of Art (1 episode, 1988)
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 Vincent (1 episode, 1990)
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 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1997)
Steve Sutherland ...
 Himself - Editor: New Musical Express (1 episode, 1998)
Vivian Russell ...
 Herself - garden photographer (1 episode, 1999)
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 Himself (1 episode, 2001)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2001)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2002)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Mario Testino ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Nancy Nevinson ...
 Dinah (Field of Mustard) (1 episode, 1967)
Ambrose Coghill ...
 Colonel (1 episode, 1968)
Graham Greene ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Maureen Pryor ...
 Jelka Delius (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1969)
Anthony Gross ...
 Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1972)
Polly James ...
 Mary Milton / ... (1 episode, 1972)
Andrew Goodman ...
 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 1977)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Joshua Davis ...
 Boy (1 episode, 1980)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Mike Gwilym ...
 Wieland Herzfelde (1 episode, 1987)
Perla Batalla ...
 Herself - Vocals (1 episode, 1988)
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 Postman Roulin (1 episode, 1990)
Keith Cameron ...
 Broadcaster / ... (1 episode, 1998)
Paul Hayes Tucker ...
 Himself - art museum curator (1 episode, 1999)
Eileen Bell ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2001)
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 Himself - Producer (1 episode, 2002)
Andrew Faulds ...
 William Morris (1 episode, 1967)
Robert Graves ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Patricia Lawrence ...
 Rose (Field of Mustard) (1 episode, 1967)
George Woodbridge ...
 Hotel proprietor (1 episode, 1968)
Kenneth Colley ...
 Hitler (1 episode, 1970)
Anne Stallybrass ...
 Elizabeth Milton (1 episode, 1972)
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 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1974)
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 Woman (1 episode, 1980)
John Berger ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Tessa Wojtczak ...
 Eve Grosz (1 episode, 1987)
Julie Christensen ...
 Herself - Vocals (1 episode, 1988)
Dave Allen ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Meg Mathews ...
 Herself - Mrs Noel Gallagher (1 episode, 1998)
John House ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1999)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2000)
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 Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Simon Fanshawe ...
 Himself - Writer and Broadcaster (1 episode, 2002)
Stuart Hall ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Ann Way ...
 Amy (Field of Mustard) (1 episode, 1967)
Nora Gordon ...
 Proprietress (1 episode, 1968)
James Mellor ...
 Goering (1 episode, 1970)
Vladek Sheybal ...
 Joseph Goebbels (1 episode, 1970)
Rosemary McHale ...
 Anne Milton (1 episode, 1972)
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 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1974)
Alex Wheatley ...
 Child (1 episode, 1980)
Melvyn Bragg ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
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 Chaplain (1 episode, 1987)
John Bilezikjian ...
 Himself - Oud / ... (1 episode, 1988)
John Ammonds ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Richard Cork ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Jeanine Basinger ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2000)
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 Himself (1 episode, 2001)
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 Himself - Composer (1 episode, 2002)
Steve Barratt ...
 Hedger (Field of Mustard) (1 episode, 1967)
Richard Hoggart ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Christopher Logue ...
 Swinburne (1 episode, 1967)
Freda Dowie ...
 Maid (1 episode, 1968)
Geraldine Sherman ...
 Girl Nextdoor (1 episode, 1968)
Imogen Claire ...
 Salome (1 episode, 1970)
Jane Hayden ...
 Deborah Milton (1 episode, 1972)
Tobias Anderson ...
 Man's Voice (1 episode, 1980)
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 Prosecuter (1 episode, 1987)
Eddie Braben ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Alan McGee ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Charles Guiliano ...
 Himself - art critic (1 episode, 1999)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Lee Darville ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Brian Harrison ...
 Rufus (Field of Mustard) (1 episode, 1967)
Adrian Mitchell ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Norman James ...
 Doctor (1 episode, 1968)
Rita Webb ...
 Salome (1 episode, 1970)
Alan Rowe ...
 Andrew Marvell (1 episode, 1972)
Bob Sherman ...
 Story Narrator (1 episode, 1980)
Hugh Casson ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Sadie Eden ...
 Prostitute (1 episode, 1987)
Steve Meador ...
 Himself - Drums (1 episode, 1988)
Walter Butterworth ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The Sex Pistols ...
 Themselves (archive footage) (1 episode, 1998)
Philip Hook ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1999)
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 Himself (1 episode, 2000)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2001)
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 Himself - Film Director (1 episode, 2002)
Pat Ashton ...
 Fanny Cornforth (1 episode, 1967)
Elizabeth Ercy ...
 Maid (1 episode, 1968)
Sally Bryant ...
 'Life' (1 episode, 1970)
Bernard Hepton ...
 Oliver Cromwell (1 episode, 1972)
Patrick Garland ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
David Hugh Jones ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Renny Krupinski ...
 Taxi Driver (1 episode, 1987)
Bob Metzger ...
 Himself - Guitar / ... (1 episode, 1988)
Bobbie Caplin ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
John McGee ...
 Himself - Father (1 episode, 1998)
Scott Black ...
 Himself - Delphi (1 episode, 1999)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2000)
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 Herself - Writer (1 episode, 2002)
Joby Blanshard ...
 Bond (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Clive Goodwin ...
 Ruskin (1 episode, 1967)
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 Bruder (1 episode, 1968)
Maggy Maxwell ...
 Potiphar's Wife (1 episode, 1970)
Heather Canning ...
 Interrogator (1 episode, 1987)
Tom McMoran ...
 Himself - Keyboards (1 episode, 1988)
Ed Ball ...
 Himself - Friend (1 episode, 1998)
Bill Cotton ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Selma Black ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1999)
David Jones ...
 Howell (1 episode, 1967)
Ann Saker ...
 Mildred (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Toby Salaman ...
 Army Doctor (1 episode, 1987)
Stephen Zirkel ...
 Himself - Bass / ... (1 episode, 1988)
Andrew Crowther ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The Jesus & Mary Chain ...
 Themselves (archive footage) (1 episode, 1998)
Jean-Marie Toulgouat ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1999)
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 Himself ('Akaash') (1 episode, 2002)
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 Herself ('Priya') (1 episode, 2002)
Norman Dewhurst ...
 Burne-Jones (1 episode, 1967)
Chrys Salt ...
 Maid (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Peter Newington ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
The Incedible Orlando ...
 Transvestite (1 episode, 1987)
Dickie Davies ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Jim Reid ...
 Himself - Jesus and Mary Chain (1 episode, 1998)
Sefton Bullivant ...
 Gabriel (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Tony Gray ...
 W. M. Rossetti (1 episode, 1967)
Bradley Lavelle ...
 G.I. (1 episode, 1987)
Mike Fountain ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Primal Scream ...
 Themselves (archive footage) (1 episode, 1998)
Anthony Van Laast ...
 Himself - Co-Choreographer (1 episode, 2002)
Reuben Bullivant ...
 Adam (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Dougie Gray ...
 Hunt (1 episode, 1967)
Billy J. Mitchell ...
 Man in Bar (1 episode, 1987)
Alan Gardner ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Kle Savidge ...
 Herself - Personal Assistant (1 episode, 1998)
Farah Khan ...
 Herself - Co-Choreographer (1 episode, 2002)
Menka Khan ...
 Herself - Farah Khan's Mother (1 episode, 2002)
Derek Boshier ...
 Millais (1 episode, 1967)
Gillian Hayes ...
 Eve (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Nancy Thomas ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1986)
Joel Cutrara ...
 Barman (1 episode, 1987)
Michael Grade ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Katrina Russell ...
 Herself - PA Creation Songs (1 episode, 1998)
Caroline Coon ...
 Annie Miller (1 episode, 1967)
Frances White ...
 Ruth (Adam and Eve and Pinch Me) (1 episode, 1967)
Allan Tyrer ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Dick Green ...
 Himself - Co-Chairman (1 episode, 1998)
Sidney Green ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Mark Thompson ...
 Himself - Production Designer (1 episode, 2002)
Janet Deuters ...
 Emma Brown (1 episode, 1967)
Mike Pratt ...
 The Man (Dusky Ruth) (1 episode, 1967)
Rachel Felder ...
 Herself - Columbia Records (1 episode, 1998)
Edgar Harrison ...
 Landlord (Dusky Ruth) (1 episode, 1967)
Mickey Lunn ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Susan McGee ...
 Herself - Sister (1 episode, 1998)
Nichola Treherne ...
 Herself - Associate Choreographer (1 episode, 2002)
Ernest Maxin ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Oasis ...
 Themselves (archive footage) (1 episode, 1998)
Geeta Kapoor ...
 Herself - Choreographic Assistant (1 episode, 2002)
Gail Morecambe ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1998)
Andy Ross ...
 Himself - Managing Director, Food Records (1 episode, 1998)
Chris Nightingale ...
 Himself - Musical Supervisor (1 episode, 2002)
Gary Morecambe ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Alan Wright ...
 Himself - Talent Scout (1 episode, 1998)
Marius De Vries ...
 Himself - Album Co-Producer (1 episode, 2002)
Joan Morecambe ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1998)
One Lady Owner ...
 Themselves (1 episode, 1998)
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 Himself ('Sweetie') (1 episode, 2002)
Steven Morecambe ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
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 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 1998)
Des O'Connor ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Stan Stennett ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Wiggy Threlfall ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Magdi Yacoub ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Jacqueline du Pré ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1967)
John M. East ...
 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 1967)
Elena Suliotis ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1967)
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 Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1968)
Thomas Beecham ...
 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1968)
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 Pinkie (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Anthony Burgess ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Cream ...
 Themselves (1 episode, 1968)
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 The Whisky Priest (1 episode, 1968)
Terry Dene ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Michael Elliott ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Scott Forbes ...
 Scobie (1 episode, 1968)
Grapefruit ...
 Themselves (1 episode, 1968)
Tony Hall ...
 Himself - Pop Impresario (1 episode, 1968)
Louise Harrison ...
 Herself - George Harrison's Mother (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Dan Ingram ...
 Himself - Disc Jockey (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself - Manager of The Who (1 episode, 1968)
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 Herself (1 episode, 1968)
Manfred Mann ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
The Moody Blues ...
 Themselves (1 episode, 1968)
Kenward S. Oliphant ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Darryl Read ...
 Apprentice (1 episode, 1968)
Eddie Rogers ...
 Himself - Publisher (1 episode, 1968)
Derek Taylor ...
 Himself - The Beatles' Publicist (1 episode, 1968)
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 Benvenuto Cellini (1 episode, 1968)
Jim West ...
 Himself - Jingle Executive (1 episode, 1968)
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 Themselves (1 episode, 1968)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
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 Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Vladimir Ashkenazy ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1969)
David Bauer ...
 Gregorious (1 episode, 1969)
Glenn Beck ...
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10 September 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

For a good while now, there have been persistant fears in Britain about both the declining quality, and quantity, of arts-based programmes on television. This is undoubtedly true (note the South Bank Show's humiliating ratings-chasing decline), and OMNIBUS itself is hardly the force it was a couple of decades ago (a recent edition concerned British sitcoms, like they aren't dissected every two minutes in this culture), although it can still spring surprises, like the Jean Renoir double-programme about five years ago. Last night I saw an edition called 'Gilbert and Sullivan: Instant Merriment', which was one such treat.

It wasn't specifically about the duo per se, but a Gilbert and Sullivan obsessive and businessman, Ian Smith, who, sensing a decline in G&S appreciation since the disbanding of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1982 (whose raison d'etre was to stage specifically the Savoy Operas), tried to revivify interest by setting up a G&S International Festival, in 1997, in the US and Britain.

The brilliance of the programme was the way it set up and moved from the buzz and elation of putting on the festival, the sight (and sound) of different American amateur companies performing these sublime works, or devotees singing choruses on buses to the bewilderment of natives, or pretentious, prolix Anglophiles marvelling at English 'refinement', to the melancholy reality of lack of interest, poor ticket sales, gradual (though denied) disillusionment.

There is little attempt to explain why G&S could be relevant today - most people talk about their jolly good fun, or, at best, 'gentle satire'. But G&S are savage: the music makes use of sophisticated, subversive pastiche, parody and irony; while Gilbert's lyrics can be brutal, bitter, nasty, cruel, mocking, and laceratingly satiric behind the polished verse. There is little sympathy with authority, repression, hypocrisy, double-talk, stereotypes or the cult of mother-love.

As well as being a brilliant, furious attack on the British establishment, The Mikado, for example, is the first post-colonial critique, perceptively noting the repressive systems of signification behind British (and Western) Orientalism. Why do you think Mike Leigh is making a film about them? One pioneering producer has sensed this, and we see some of her intriguing modern-dress versions of G&S, set in Northern mills etc., which politicise G&S to the horror of old school connoisseurs.

It is these fuddy-duddy relics who are responsible for G&S's decline. For them, the Savoy Operas are a cosy, unchanged, untroubled Victorian idyll; their biggest proponents seem to be clergymen, businessmen, and silly Americans. Too many old fogeys reminisce Rowley Birkin, QC-style about the dear things, and you feel, to your horror, that you're turning into your grandparents because you adore G&S. One similarly-minded critic bemoans this 'ossified' treatment, suggesting an injection of new blood with the use of comedians such as Stephen Fry or Harry Enfield. An intriguing idea (why stop there - what about a SOUTH PARK Mikado?), but one thing is for sure: Gilbert would have poured moulten scorn on the timid little minds seeking to make respectable his name.


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