Sunday, 18 January 2015
66 Hope and Keen's Crazy House / Bus
First watched : Uncertain
I actually remember little more than the titles of these series. Hope and Keen's Crazy House was first broadcast for six weeks in the summer of 1971. Anchored by experienced variety performers and real-life cousins, Mike Hope and Albie Keen it presented a mixture of music and comedy in a domestic setting somewhat similar to ITV's Little Big Time ; Freddie and the Dreamers were actually guests on the first programme which doesn't help me separate my vague recollections.
Perhaps in response to the popularity of Here Come The Double Deckers the setting was changed to a bus for the second series in April 1972 which ditched the support players Peter Goodwright and Ruth Kettlewell and introduced a narrative thread about hunting down a family legacy. It was repeated once in the summer of 1973 ; ...Crazy House was never repeated.
Hope and Keen were regular guests on light entertainment shows until the mid-eighties when they decamped to America and performed in Las Vegas. They eventually returned and slipped into the twilight world of provincial pantomime where they might be performing still ( both turn 80 this year ).