Son of Fred
|Son of Fred|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||30 minutes per episode|
|Original release||17 September 1956 – 5 November 1956|
It was the third and final in a series of sketch comedy shows attempting to translate the humour of The Goon Show to television. Spike Milligan concentrated on writing and only made small walk on appearances, leaving the lead acting to Peter Sellers. The series was produced and directed by Richard Lester.
Impact on comedy and culture
The minimalist format, with little or no scenery and few props, sketches without any real purpose or punch line, and mixing live action and short animations directly influenced the format of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The unconventional format was revived in Spike Milligan's Q series more than a decade later.
A half hour special Best of Fred was broadcast on 18 September 1963 combining surviving sketches from A Show Called Fred and Son of Fred.
The 1997 convention of the Goon Show Preservation Society was billed as Son of a Weekend Called Fred.
The show is believed lost, no episodes are known to exist as of 2009.
- Terry Jones quoted in Roger Wilmut From Fringe to Flying Circus, London: Eyre Methuen, 1980.