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Cover of 'The World of Beachcomber' cassetteThe World of Beachcomber
based on J. B. Morton's Daily Express Beachcomber Column and the BBC TV series.
Produced by Duncan Wood and John Howard-Davies.
starring SPIKE MILLIGAN AND GEORGE BENSON, CLIVE DUNN, PATRICIA HAYES, HATTIE JACQUES, JULIAN ORCHARD, NADIA REGIN, SHEILA STAEFEL, LEON THAU, FRANK THORNTON
with The Mike Sammes Singers.
Record produced by John Hill Productions. Editing Engineer - Malcolm Eade.
J.B. Morton's material adapted by Barry Took and Neil Shand
with additional material by Ken Hoare and Spike Milligan.

1997 Music Collection International GAGSDMC074

I first met the work of J B Morton when the BBC screened a series called "The World of Beachcomber" in 1969. There's a short reference on the h2g2 website. To my knowledge it hasn't been repeated since then, but some of the material is available today on the audio cassette described above. The cassette is a re-issue of the 1968 LP. It is of variable technical quality, and contains 'additional material'. Hmm. Anyway, my favourite TV characters were:

Spike Milligan        as Beachcomber himself, resplendent in a velvet smoking jacket and embroidered fez

Patricia Hayes        as Mrs Florence McGurgle, proprietress of Marine House (a High Class boarding house) who was frequently interviewed by...

Frank Thornton      as reporter Mervyn Glue, and as Mr Tinklebury Snapdriver, counsel for the prosecution in Mr Justice Cocklecarrot's court

Julian Orchard        as fey poet Roland Milk

Michael Redgrave      who read names from the Anthology of Huntingdonshire Cabmen.

Sketches were interspersed with advertisements for "Threadgold's Thoroughgrip Garterettes" and "Snibbo", a product that, among other virtues, killed greenfly and stopped cliff erosion.

If you remember any more about this series, please get in touch:

beachcomber (at) edwards (dot) eclipse (dot) co (dot) uk