The London Palladium Show

His Lordship Entertains
A change of channels for the crusty old peer Lord Rustless, who had earlier been seen in two series of Hark at Barker on ITV. The remainder of the cast, and the setting, Chrome Hall, also made the switch.

In this show, Chrome Hall had been opened as a hotel, but various obstacles had to be overcome to make it a success. The ITV episodes had seen Barker cast in a bewildering number of additional roles; here he was just plain Rustless. He did write the seven episodes, however, hiding beneath the pseudonym Jonathan Cobbald.
Mark Lewsiohn, RadioTimes Guide to TV Comedy, 1998

Though the whole series was thought lost, the first episode resurfaced as a b/w telerecording over a decade ago. However this episode has now undergone a revolutionary colour recovery process and will be presented here in a colour version for the first time since the original broadcast.

The London Palladium Show
With Jack Parnell and his Orchestra, The Palladium Dancers, The Mike Sammes Singers, Fess Parker, Rudolf Nureyev and Svetlana Benosora, Dickie Henderson, The Seekers and Dave Allen.

This is the US broadcast version of The London Palladium Show which was the second series of the Palladium revival show (which for its first season had been called The New London Palladium Show). This edition was located at the New York Public Library.

Grateful thanks to:
Chris Perry
Ray Frensham
Robert Reinstein
The Kaleidoscope Team
The BFI Technical Team

Producer: Harold Snoad
Written by: Jonathan Cobbald [Ronnie Barker]

Main cast
Ronnie Barker (Lord Rustless)
Josephine Tewson (Mildred Bates)
David Jason (Dithers)
Mary Baxter (cook)
Moira Foot (Effie)
Frank Gatliff (Badger)

ITV tx 5.6.1972
UK 1972
30 mins

Directors: Albert Locke, Colin Clews

Millicent Martin
Dickie Henderson
The Seekers
Dave Allen

ITV tx 6.11.1966
50 mins
UK 1966

TRT 120 mins

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Sat 11 Dec 15:00
An Evening with Vincent Price: Vincent Price Is in the Country + Aspel and Company
Sat 11 Dec 17:50
Neil Innes and Terry Jones: East of the Moon (+ intro by producer Joy Whitby) + The Innes Book of Records
Fri 17 Dec 18:10
Christmas Specials of Yesteryear: Magpie + Max Headroom’s Giant Christmas Turkey
Sat 18 Dec 18:20

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