Tuesday, 28 March 2017
643 Carrott's Lib
First viewed : 22 October 1983
This actually started in 1982 but I didn't see it until the second season in 1983.
Jasper Carrott ( aka Bob Davies ) had taken some time to follow up on the success of his 1975 hit Funky Moped and spent the latter part of the seventies in the clubs with ITV's attempts to launch him on TV meeting with limited success. At the start of the eighties Jasper saw which way the wind was blowing and moved on to observational comedy and political satire. His reward was this part-live comedy series late on Saturday nights on BBC One. He had a strong team on the show with Nick Wilton, Chris Barrie and Jan Ravens among the supporting cast.
I had a strange relationship to the show. Carrott was a known supporter of the Labour Party and the left-wing bias was obvious in his material so I was a bit resistant to him on that score. On the other hand some of the sketches were really funny, worthy of Not the Nine O Clock News at their best.
My favourite was the brutal assault on Paul McCartney, timely in the wake of the Late Late Breakfast Show appearance detailed previously. Nick Wilton played McCartney singing a deliberately inane lyric about black people being the same as white people then he says "take it away Linda " and Jan Ravens as Mrs Macca plays a single note on the piano. I was on the floor at that one.
There was also a sketch on Coronation Street which referred to recent scandals hitting the programme such as Peter Adamson's kiddie-fondling charge ( one suspects that gag wouldn't get through today ) and subsequent acrimonious departure and Anne Kirkbride's marijuana conviction.
Sadly there were only the two seasons. Carrott would have other vehicles but they weren't as good as this.