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The Devil's Gallop

Jack Blandiver 22 Dec 09 - 04:25 PM
Leadfingers 22 Dec 09 - 06:25 PM
Will Fly 22 Dec 09 - 07:04 PM
Joe Nicholson 23 Dec 09 - 10:48 AM
The Villan 23 Dec 09 - 04:27 PM
MGM·Lion 23 Dec 09 - 10:44 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Dec 09 - 11:38 PM
MGM·Lion 24 Dec 09 - 02:59 AM
Dave Roberts 06 Jan 10 - 06:55 PM
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Subject: The Devil's Gallop
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 04:25 PM

Lounging here tonight in post-solstitial bliss watching repeats of That Mitchell & Webb Look on Dave (Freeview channel 19, playing back to back most of tonight), we ask ourselves (as we invariably do) what is the music used in the Sir Digby Chicken Caesar sketches? Well, a little Googling reveals what some of you may already know, but which we didn't until tonight. It's The Devil's Gallop by Charles Williams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR7KVE43eqU


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 06:25 PM

Dick Barton - Special Agent !! Quarter to seven every evening - the street would clear of kids as we all dashed home to listen !
That was the Signature Tune !


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: Will Fly
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 07:04 PM

I was one of those kids - all over wash while sat on the wooden draining board by the kitchen sink. Into pyjamas and dressing gown, dosed with cod-liver oil and malt, then on to the settee to listen to the great Dick Barton - and Jock - and Snowy... Then, if I was lucky, Radio Newsreel and Sports Report before bed.

Imagine my disappointment when DB was replaced by the bloody Archers!


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 10:48 AM

I think DB was replaced by The Daring Dexters (Circus)Then came The Archers

Joe nicholson


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: The Villan
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 04:27 PM

Was The Devils Gallop about having the trots?


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 10:44 PM

Diddly-ah-dah-dah diddly-ah-dah-dah diddly-ah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah ····

So much to be preferred after the 6 O'clock Home Service News to

Tum-ti tum-ti tum-ti tum
Tum-ti tum-ti tum-ti ····

Bloody EverydayCountryFolk ? EveryeveryeveryeveryDay - & 2ce on Saturdays···

Archers-Schmarchers!!!


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 11:38 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXugAiYcQlk&feature=related

"Dick has received a very mysterious phone call from his Aunt Agatha."

I have just been reading Wodehouse. Would this be the same Aunt Agatha who terrorized Bertie Wooster? The one who chewed broken bottles?

If so, this is a good example of 'the psychology of the individual.' Under Agatha's relentless pressure, Bertie is defeated and becomes a slaggard. Dick becomes an overachiever.


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 02:59 AM

So Dick Barton = Bertie Wooster's 1st-cousin. With Snowy & Jock as his Jeeveses. Now who will work up this promisingly fertile scenario? [I have long suspected that Bertie an undercover sort of 00 agent at that... Note how he got the measure so efficiently of the egregious Spode (Did?you·ever·in·your·puff·see·such·a·perfect·perisher!) & his benighted BlackShorts?]


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Subject: RE: The Devil's Gallop
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 06:55 PM

I was reading a piece recently by one of the old-school BBC studio technicians who worked on 'Dick Barton', and he said that they used to play the recording of 'The Devil's Gallop' at increased speed (i.e. at more than 78rpm) 'for added excitement'.
Gosh. It's more than flesh and blood can stand, dont y'know.


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