Wednesday, 11 February 2015

1967, Television: “At Last the 1948 Show”

"At Last the 1948 Show" premieres on 15 February 1967 on Britain's ITV network. The satirical TV show was made by David Frost in association with Rediffusion London. The show directed by Ian Fordyce, stars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Marty Feldman and Aimi MacDonald. It is generally considered as the forerunner of the iconic "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

Between the sketches unrelated sequences featuring 'the lovely' Aimi Macdonald were used, an idea later recycled in Monty Python's "And now for something completely different" links. Almost half a century after the show had its only run on television, the catchphrase "I'm the lovely Aimi MacDonald" was still used occasionally.
Top to bottom: Aimi MacDonald, Marty Feldman, Graham Chapman,
John Cleese and Tim Brooke-Taylor

Left to right: Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Aimi MacDonald,
Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman
There was no relation with the year 1948, the title referred to television executives tendency to take time over making commissioning decisions. Two series were produced with a total of 13 25-minute episodes.

Annoying train passenger sketch (Marty Feldman and John Cleese)

I love the lovely Aimi MacDonald (Aimi MacDonald)

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