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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:12 pm    Post subject: Denis Norden Reply with quote

What a wit and for many years a brilliant scriptwriter with Frank Muir.

I still laugh at Take It From Here with Ron & Eth. My Word and My Music were joys to watch. "Honour's tea is the best, Polly, see?" is one of my favourites from My Word.

Loved his description in My Music of a harp which is "an over-sized cheese slicer with cultural pretensions"

They also wrote "Balham - Gateway to the South" for Peter Sellers. Brilliant.

Norden also wrote that famous line "Infamy. Infamy. They've all got it in for me" for Jimmy Edwards and it was nicked for Kenneth Williams in a Carry On film. Apparently Muir was always annoyed that Norden didn't get credit for it.

RIP Denis.
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Ian Robinson
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, a bit of an unsung genius. When I was a kid him and Frank Muir seemed like fairly straight old people but actually they came up with all sorts of strange, wacky and subversive stuff in their heyday.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aged 96! I remember Denis on a TV music programmes ĎFace The Musicí and 'My Music', the latter was presented by Steve Race, a fantastic pianist, and was mainly about classical music but Ian Wallace would sing novelty tunes as well as opera, and Iím sure Denis chose to 'sing' film tunes and other tunes that dance bands in the 1930s and 40s recorded.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Denis Norden Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
What a wit and for many years a brilliant scriptwriter with Frank Muir.

I still laugh at Take It From Here with Ron & Eth. My Word and My Music were joys to watch. "Honour's tea is the best, Polly, see?" is one of my favourites from My Word.

Loved his description in My Music of a harp which is "an over-sized cheese slicer with cultural pretensions"

They also wrote "Balham - Gateway to the South" for Peter Sellers. Brilliant.

Norden also wrote that famous line "Infamy. Infamy.
They've all got it in for me" for Jimmy Edwards and it was nicked for Kenneth Williams in a Carry On film. Apparently Muir was always annoyed that Norden didn't get credit for it.

RIP Denis.

Don't think I ever knew who wrote that quote,Eileen.I do know it was voted the top one liner, in a poll, a few years ago though. Cool
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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although the script is credited to Talbot Rothwell, the most often quoted line ("Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!") was supplied by the writing team of Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who had coined it for their BBC Radio comedy series "Take It From Here". Norden recalled that Rothwell asked their permission to recycle the line before using it in his script.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Although the script is credited to Talbot Rothwell, the most often quoted line ("Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!") was supplied by the writing team of Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who had coined it for their BBC Radio comedy series "Take It From Here". Norden recalled that Rothwell asked their permission to recycle the line before using it in his script.

Thanks for that,Eileen. Smile
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