Talk:Frankie Howerd

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Date of death[edit]

Text says he died a day before Benny Hill, but date of death suggests it was a day AFTER.

Expert predicted that Hill died 1 day before Howerd, however, Benny Hill was FOUND DEAD the day after Howerd died

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum[edit]

Frankie revisited A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the mid 1980s in London's West End. The cast also featured Patrick Cargill. 213.104.164.20 15:45, 26 April 2006 (UTC)Graeme

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coupling_(UK_TV_series) [edit]

There is a "Coupling" episode where his voice is discussed, & which I am not familiar with. Are there stories of his voice? Why not in the article?

This could use some grammar:

Throughout his career, Howerd hid his potentially career-destroying homosexuality (which had been illegal in Britain until 1967) from both his audience and his mother. In 1955, Frankie met waiter Dennis Heymer, who later became his manager. Dennis was with Frankie for thirty years, both as lighting operator, manager and partner; until Howerd died.

Dennis was with Frankie for thirty years, as lighting operator, manager and partner, until Howerd died.


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Racism and revival[edit]

It says some were offended by his inclusion of a few racist jokes in his revived act. Who and when? Can anyone back this up with references? AnthonyEMiller (talk) 17:34, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Felsted School[edit]

I have questioned facts regarding Howerd's education. Can anyone throw more light on this? I am unaware of any connection between Shooters Hill Grammar School and Felsted School. In any case, Felsted School was founded long before Shooters Hill GS; thus the current statement makes no sense. Timothy Titus Talk To TT 11:56, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

It has now been removed. Pretty sure it was an error. Timothy Titus Talk To TT 08:59, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Howerd/Benny Hill[edit]

It wouldn't have been Howerd's obituary where he was "quoted" praising the late Benny Hill but Hill's. Even the fact-free tabloids wouldn't be dumb enough to manufacture a quote from Howerd for his own obit. TheOneOnTheLeft (talk) 12:01, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

As I remember, what happened was that although Hill died first, his death wasn't discovered for a couple of days. When Howerd died, Hill's agent, not wishing to trouble Hill, provided a tribute to Howerd on behalf of Hill. When it came to light that Hill had died first, the agent looked a bit foolish. I don't have a source I'm afraid. --John Price (talk) 15:34, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

Homosexuality[edit]

"his potentially career-destroying homosexuality (which was illegal in Britain until 1967)" is wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong! So far as I know, homosexuality has never been illegal in Britain. What was illegal were certain acts between males. Can someone good with words please change it? 80.2.201.189 (talk) 13:45, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

That is a silly bit of hair-splitting. It is like saying that murder is legal provided that nobody does any killing! It is certainly true that female homosexuality has never been illegal in the UK; reputedly because Queen Victoria refused to believe that it even existed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.164.197.4 (talk) 03:17, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

Internal links[edit]

Has someone got carried away with these? 6, face, film ... surely no other references are needed to understand these terms. --John Price (talk) 15:36, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

Disappeared[edit]

He was out of the public eye from about 59-63, I'd say. Rothorpe (talk) 23:46, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

OOO Canada[edit]

There is no mention of the Frankie Howerd TV series done for the CBC in the 70s called "ooo Canada".173.52.14.89 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 07:54, 29 August 2010 (UTC).

Up Pompeii and spin-offs[edit]

As I remember, this series was a major comeback for Howerd, and is largely the reason why he is remembered today, yet it barely gets a mention. It deserves a section of its own, since it spawned at least two series and movies, and brought a new audience to Howerd's talents. Rodhullandemu 00:46, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Why he changed his surname to the more unusual spelling[edit]

A long time ago, when I was at secondary school, I remember reading in a magazine about why he changed his name from "Howard" to "Howerd" - it was cunning ploy to get noticed, being a less common spelling. Bear in mind I must have read that in the early 1980s! If any one knows about this, and has good sources - i.e. why he changed his name - it would be nice if such a Wikipedian could add the essential information to the article. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 00:21, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

You're right, I always assumed he changed it for Equity reasons (like David Walliams and Gorden Kaye), but he changed it so that people would "look twice because they assumed it to be a misprint". Source: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eSIhzKnNUf4C&pg=PA236&lpg=PA236&dq=frankie+howerd+spelling&source=bl&ots=C5HJM4vdjG&sig=fxPsLSb7wU4fG1_EMyJsrT1qqpg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=AAf5TpS1Go_sOaHBqLwB&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=frankie%20howerd%20spelling&f=false 109.176.159.13 (talk) 23:47, 26 December 2011 (UTC)
I've added a quote from the ODNB in 'Early career' which also gives the rough time he changed it Cj1340 (talk) 12:48, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

Runaway Bus[edit]

I don't think that the film Runaway Bus was low-budget, or could not afford scenery. There is scenery. The fog was an essential feature of the film. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.184.41.226 (talk) 09:23, 29 June 2013 (UTC)