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JC
JCB
By the turn of the century Barrymore's often cringey shtick was old hat and with Ant & Dec on the rise I think he would have fallen out of fashion regardless of what happened. ITV were pretty lucky Ant & Dec successfully transcended kids telly just at the time they did.
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SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
For those of you that are brave enough, there's also a recording of Barrymore singing the closing theme to The Family Ness (which he recorded as a B-side for one of his hits) on YouTube.

Yes, The Family Ness.

Wow. That is quite a thing. Complete with a random homage to the Dead Parrot sketch at the end.
Write that down in your copybook now.
IS
Inspector Sands
That Family Ness cover makes no sense at all, why, even as a B-side? Seems 'Doin the Crab' was the theme tune to an early BBC series of his

He did have a short lived programme on Children's BBC around that time though:



Oh and that Choir are great, but they have a name like one of Alan Partridges House bands - Remission. A word you only normally hear when talking about Cancer.

(Googling, there is a choir of that name in Ghana, no idea if they're the same)
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 28 September 2020 8:29am
RW
Robert Williams Founding member London London
That Family Ness cover makes no sense at all, why, even as a B-side? Seems 'Doin the Crab' was the theme tune to an early BBC series of his

He did have a short lived programme on Children's BBC around that time though:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTGFjYpZn5U


He also had another CBBC series in 1990 - Mick and Mac, which hasn't even made it onto YouTube, but some details and screenshots here: http://www.curiousbritishtelly.co.uk/2013/09/mick-and-mac.html
SW
Steve Williams
That Family Ness cover makes no sense at all, why, even as a B-side? Seems 'Doin the Crab' was the theme tune to an early BBC series of his


Yes! Michael Barrymore's Saturday Night Out!
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?order=asc&q=%22michael+barrymore%27s+saturday+night+out%22#search

This really was the last knockings of the seaside variety show that used to be a staple of summer Saturday nights on both channels via the likes of Seaside Special and Summertime Special. As you can see the first series came from Jersey and I vividly remember him performing Doing The Crab on the beach at the start of the show, but the second series came from the Dominion Theatre and that was it for seaside variety on both the Beeb and ITV.

It was interesting because while we saw Barrymore on Strike It Lucky, in the late eighties he seemed a bit of a jobbing comedian and he would appear on both channels, and still did kids shows as mentioned. But then suddenly he was the most famous person on television and signed a golden handcuffs deal with ITV. The only time he did anything for the Beeb after that was when he introduced the obituary to Larry Grayson, because he'd been the warm-up for Larry's Gen Game and Barrymore always said Larry was very kind and helpful to him and he considered him a mentor.

Mention of The Family Ness theme tune reminds me that one episode we always used to look out for was a very curious one which was entirely based around an extended version of the theme tune, which always struck me as very odd, I don't know if it was the pilot or produced as a video to promote the theme tune or what. All very strange.
IS
Inspector Sands
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