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BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles

Big Al Whittle 23 Oct 11 - 10:16 AM
Dead Horse 23 Oct 11 - 11:50 AM
GUEST,Old Codger 23 Oct 11 - 12:02 PM
Big Al Whittle 23 Oct 11 - 03:04 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 23 Oct 11 - 03:18 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 23 Oct 11 - 03:28 PM
Big Al Whittle 23 Oct 11 - 04:32 PM
GUEST,Don Day 24 Oct 11 - 08:40 AM
GUEST 19 Feb 13 - 11:59 AM
MGM·Lion 19 Feb 13 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 20 Feb 13 - 04:07 AM
GUEST,Guest. F. MacInnes 15 Aug 13 - 09:41 AM
GUEST,John Tempest 01 Nov 13 - 07:06 PM
Eldergirl 02 Nov 13 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 02 Nov 13 - 11:24 AM
MGM·Lion 02 Nov 13 - 03:49 PM
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Richard Mellish 03 Aug 14 - 03:59 AM
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Subject: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 10:16 AM

Does anyone else remember a TV series featuring Bernard Miles as a country scallywag in the 1950's full of rustic humour and country lore. there was a bit at the end when he delivered his addresses over a five bar gate.

There was a theme tune (sung by Bernard Miles) that went

Whack my doody doody!
Whack my doody doody!
Bessie is my lady

I was about eight at the time. I am just watching Miles on TV in In Which We Serve with Noel Coward.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Dead Horse
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 11:50 AM

If you want some more of his stuff check this out -
Monologues


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Old Codger
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 12:02 PM

'Nathaniel Titlark'.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 03:04 PM

Thanks very much, Do you remember the theme music?


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 03:18 PM

Titlark Song

Mick


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 03:28 PM

Somtime poster dragonzorg used to sing this at Herga from time to time when I was a regular there.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 04:32 PM

Thanks very much. Mick and Old Codger. Very kind of you to take the trouble.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Don Day
Date: 24 Oct 11 - 08:40 AM

The lyrics were

Oh who would work when he could play
The fish they are a -rising
So come with me and smell the day
Tis wonderfully apetising
Whack me doody do
Whack me doody doody
Whack me doody do
Jessie is my beauty.

Don Day


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Feb 13 - 11:59 AM

"Oh, who would work, when he could play?
The fish they be arisin'.
So come with me, and taste the day ....
it be most appetisin'.

Whack me doody doody,
whack ma doody doo.
Whack ma doody doody,
Percy is my beauty. "

This was recorded on an olde, 16th-Century Englishe folk music LP record before 1970.    Perhaps pre-Shakespearean era?
Supposedly a ploughman's song to his horses?


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 19 Feb 13 - 12:29 PM

The tune was surely adapted, consciously or otherwise, by Nic Jones and Dave Moran, in their days as The Halliard, for the setting of the broadside "Ladies Don't Go Thieving", first recorded I believe on the Halliard and Jon Raven record of 1968 on Raven's Broadside label.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 20 Feb 13 - 04:07 AM

Thank you very much for the chance to hear the song again. It was lovely series - I think Megs Jenkins played Mrs Jessie Titlark, the'beauty' in the last line of the song.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Guest. F. MacInnes
Date: 15 Aug 13 - 09:41 AM

Thank you. I was also about 8 when the series was shown and have always remembered the words. I loved it. He had a poachers pocket inside his jacket.

Yes it was "the fish they be arisin', tis wonderful appetisin'
and the last line was 'Jessie is my beauty'

Only a small difference!

What was the name of the series, please?


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,John Tempest
Date: 01 Nov 13 - 07:06 PM

I have just read these posts, and I too have wondered what this show was called. My recollection of it (if it is the same one), is that the introduction was by Bernard Miles standing in a cottage doorway and the music was played on a penny whistle.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Eldergirl
Date: 02 Nov 13 - 10:39 AM

I can remember the 5-barred gate bit at the end.. And the poacher's pocket. Round about the same era as Cliff Michelmore on 'Tonight', often featuring Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor, but that's another thread I expect. And no, can't recall title of BMiles show.. sorry.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 02 Nov 13 - 11:24 AM

It was called 'Nathaniel Titlark' and according to the International Movie Database two series were broadcast by the BBC, one in 1956 and the second in 1957.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Nov 13 - 03:49 PM

We were given that title some way back: look ~~

Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Old Codger - PM
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 12:02 PM

'Nathaniel Titlark'.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 14 - 05:33 PM

I remember Nathaniel Titlark in the early 50s with the words you describe. I thought I'd be the only one to remember it from so long ago. Lovely to know there are others out there. Anyone remember The Prince and the Pauper from the same time? No words to the theme tune but it was a lovely plaintive tune. Also the tune to Samuel Pepys with Peter Sallis. Another lovely tune played on a harpsichord.

Graham Austin


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: selby
Date: 02 Aug 14 - 06:04 PM

We did mot get a telly till about 1963 from D.E.R I seem to remember it's make was Finlandia
Keith


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 03:59 AM

I remember the last line of another verse: "And the keeper's got lumbago". Anyone else remember that, or any more of it?


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: bubblyrat
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 06:11 AM

I seem to recall him doing a monologue about there being flies or something in the drinking-water and it "helping out with the meat ration " ....?????


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: nutty
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 04:05 PM

If I remember rightly, this song with Bernard Miles singing it can be found on Spotify.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Olswillbin
Date: 23 Aug 14 - 10:27 AM

I'm glad I found this thread. I well recall Bernard Miles singing his Wack My Doody song and his missus, Megs Jenkins, but I had the distorted memory that he was a pre-Pertwee Wurzel Gummidge. But now it all clicks into place. Couldn't have been long after my dad bought a tv so that we could watch the Coronation. Funny, I seem to have clearer memories of 1940s radio programmes. (I was a pre-war baby).


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 12:07 AM

I remember the series well and it reminds me of the real England that I love and search for in vain today. I subscribe to "This England", "The Oldie" and my favorite "Country Life" to keep in touch with my roots, I've lived in Canada for 39 years but have never forgotten my home. So I go back at least once a year to search for what has been lost.


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Subject: RE: BBC TV seriestheme sung by Bernard Miles
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 18 - 10:14 AM

I often burst into this song when driving along on a sunny morning!


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