Terry-Thomas on screen, radio, stage and record

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The British actor and comedian Terry-Thomas (1911–1990) performed in many mediums of light entertainment, including film, radio and theatre. His career spanned from 1933 until his retirement in the late 1970s.[1] During this time he became synonymous with playing the "silly-ass Englishman",[2] a characterisation that he had portrayed from his time on the variety circuit.[3]

Terry-Thomas made his film debut as an extra in the 1933 film, The Private Life of Henry VIII, which starred Charles Laughton in the title role; Terry-Thomas continued to undertake a series of small and uncredited film roles while his reputation grew on radio and television. He played his first role on radio in the 1938 BBC tea dance programme Friends to Tea,[4] before spending the Second World War with the Royal Corps of Signals and ENSA, the Entertainments National Service Association.[5]

After the war, Terry-Thomas began his stage career with an appearance in Piccadilly Hayride at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London; the show was a hit and he appeared in it from September 1946 until January 1948.[6] In 1949 he appeared in his first television programme, Technical Hitch, and scored a success later that year with his own television series, How Do You View?, which was noted for being the first comedy series on British television.[7][8] In 1956 he was cast by the Boulting brothers in Private's Progress. The role boosted his film career, initially in Britain, and then in America.[9] In 1958 Terry-Thomas released the first of two solo comedy records, Strictly T-T; the same year he also appeared as Bertie Wooster in a cast recording of Jeeves, with Roger Livesey playing Jeeves.[10]

I've been called any number of things in print. T-T with his permanent air of caddish disdain ... bounder ... aristocratic rogue ... upper-class English twit ... genuine English eccentric ... one of the last real gentlemen ... wet, genteel Englishman ... high-bred idiot ... cheeky blighter ... camel-haired cad ... amiable buffoon ... pompous Englishman ... twentieth-century dandy ... stinker ... king of the cads ...
All those descriptions added up to my image as Terry-Thomas.

—Terry-Thomas[2]

During the 1960s and 70s, Terry-Thomas' appearances on stage and radio were becoming less frequent but his television and film output remained consistent, despite his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in 1971; by the mid-1980s, though, the disease had effectively ended his career.[11] On his death, The Guardian observed that "as an upper class twit or as a debonair rascal, Terry-Thomas had few equals", and described him as "a national treasure",[9] while The Independent considered that he "personified the Englishman as amiable bounder".[12]

Filmography[edit]

An unsmiling Terry-Thomas wearing a dark suit and tie in a witness box
Terry-Thomas in How to Murder Your Wife, 1965
Filmography of Terry-Thomas
Film[13][14][15][16] Year Role Notes
The Private Life of Henry VIII 1933 Extra Uncredited[17]
The Ghost Goes West 1935 Extra Uncredited[17]
It's Love Again 1936 Extra Uncredited[18]
Once in a Million 1936 Extra Uncredited[17]
Rhythm in the Air 1936 Frankie Uncredited[17]
This'll Make You Whistle 1936 Extra Uncredited[17]
When Knights Were Bold 1936 Extra Uncredited[17]
Things to Come 1936 Extra Uncredited[17]
Cheer Up 1936 Extra Uncredited[17]
Rhythm Racketeer 1937 Cast member Uncredited[19]
Flying Fifty-Five 1939 Cast member
Sam Goes Shopping 1939 Boyfriend Uncredited[19]
Climbing High 1939 Extra Production finished in 1938, film released in 1939;[20] uncredited[21]
For Freedom 1940 News reader[19] Uncredited[22]
Under Your Hat 1940 Cast member Uncredited[19]
Quiet Wedding 1941 Extra Uncredited[19]
A Date with a Dream 1948 Terry
The Brass Monkey 1948 Himself
If You Don't Save Paper 1948 On-screen participant
Copy Book Please 1949 On-screen participant 3-minute instructional film[23]
Helter Skelter 1949 Himself
Melody Club 1949 Freddy Forrester
What's Cooking? 1951 Cast member Also called Cookery Nook[24][25]
The Queen Steps Out 1952 Cast member
The Green Man 1956 Charles Boughtflower
Private's Progress 1956 Major Hitchcock
Brothers in Law 1956 Alfred Green
Blue Murder at St Trinian's 1957 Romney Carlton-Ricketts
Happy is the Bride 1957 Policeman
Lucky Jim 1957 Bertrand Welch
The Naked Truth 1957 Lord Henry Mayley
tom thumb 1958 Ivan Nominated for BAFTA Award for the "Best British Actor in 1959"[26]
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. 1959 Cadogan de Vere Carlton-Browne
I'm All Right Jack 1959 Major Hitchcock
Too Many Crooks 1959 William Delany Gordon
School for Scoundrels 1960 Raymond Delauney
That's Odd 1960 Cast member 15-minute short[27]
Make Mine Mink 1960 Major Albert Rayne
His and Hers 1960 Reggie Blake
A Matter of WHO 1961 Archibald Bannister
Bachelor Flat 1962 Professor Bruce Patterson
Operation Snatch 1962 Lieutenant "Piggy" Wigg
Kill or Cure 1962 J. Barker Rynde
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 Ludwig
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 Lt-Colonel J. Algernon Hawthorne
The Mouse on the Moon 1963 Spender Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[28]
Terry-Thomas in Tuscany 1963 Host Producer;[29] 15-minute short[30]
Terry-Thomas in the South of France 1963 Host Producer;[31] 19-minute short[30]
Terry-Thomas in Northern Ireland 1963 Host Producer;[32] 19-minute short[30]
The Wild Affair 1963 Godfrey Deane
You Must Be Joking! 1965 Major Foskett
Strange Bedfellows 1965 Mortician
How to Murder Your Wife 1965 Charles Furbank
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 1965 Sir Percy Ware-Armitage
Munster, Go Home! 1966 Freddie Munster
The Sandwich Man 1966 Scoutmaster
The Daydreamer 1966 Brigadier Zachary Zilch
Our Man in Marrakesh 1966 El Caid
La Grande Vadrouille 1966 Sir Reginald
Se Tutte le Donne del Mondo 1966 James/Lord Aldric
Top Crack 1967 Charles
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon 1967 Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
Arabella 1967 General Sir Horace Gordon; Duke Pietro Moretti; hotel manager; insurance manager
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River 1967 H. William Homer
A Guide for the Married Man 1967 Technical Advisor; "Tiger"
The Perils of Pauline 1967 Sten Martin
Arriva Dorellik 1967 Commissioner Green
Danger: Diabolik 1967 Minister of Finance
Seven Times Seven 1968 Police Inspector Originally titled Sette Volte Sette[33]
How Sweet It Is! 1968 Mr Tilly
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 Ladislaus Walichek
Uno Scacco Tutto Matto 1968 Il Direttore Dorgeant Also known as Checkmate for McDowell or It's Your Move[34]
Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage Originally called Quei Temerari Sulle Loro Pazze, Scatenate, Scalcinate Carriole[35]
2000 Years Later 1969 Charles Goodwyn
Una Su Tredici 1969 Albert Also known as 12 + 1 or The Thirteen Chairs[36]
Arthur? Arthur! 1969 Clennery Tubbs
Le Mur de l'Atlantique 1969 Commandant Perry
The Abominable Dr. Phibes 1971 Dr Longstreet
The Cherry Picker 1971 Appelby
Tunisia – Yesterday and Today 1972 Commentator 16-minute short[37]
Dr. Phibes Rises Again 1972 Lombardo
Colpo Grosso ... Grossissimo ... Anzi Probabile 1972 Pierre Le Compte
Robin Hood 1973 Sir Hiss Voice only[38]
The Vault of Horror 1973 Arthur Gritchit
Gli Eroi 1973 John Cooper Also known as The Heroes[39]
Side by Side 1975 Max Nugget
Spanish Fly 1975 Sir Percy de Courcy
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones 1975 Mr. Square
The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1977 Prison Governor
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 Dr Mortimer
Kingdom of Gifts 1977 The Bumbling Chancellor
The Mysterious House of Dr C 1978 The Bull
La Isla De Las Cabezas 1979 Cast member
Febbre a 40! 1980 Dr Christopher Also known as Happy Birthday Harry![40]

Radio[edit]

Terry-Thomas with slicked back hair, using a cigarette-holder
Terry-Thomas, May 1951
Radio broadcasts of Terry-Thomas
Broadcast[41][42] Date Channel Notes
Friends to Tea 6 June 1938 London Regional
Anzac Hour 5 March 1943 BBC General Forces Programme
Anzac Hour 9 March 1943 BBC General Forces Programme
We're All Together Now 5 January 1944 BBC Home Service
Strike a Home Note 29 November 1944 BBC General Forces Programme
Band Party 6 August 1945 BBC Home Service
Out of the Hat 24 January 1946 BBC Home Service
Folly to be Wise 1 April 1946 BBC Light Programme
They're Out 14 May 1946 BBC Light Programme
Variety Star Show 8 June 1946 BBC General Overseas Service
George Elrick's Band Party 6 July 1946 BBC Light Programme
Caribbean Carnival 15 July 1946 BBC General Overseas Service
Variety Bandbox 1 September 1946 BBC Light Programme
Cabaret 17 September 1946 Midland Home Service
Worker's Playtime 25 October 1946 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 27 October 1946 BBC Light Programme
Happidrome 12 November 1946 BBC Light Programme
The Carroll Levis Show 8 December 1946 BBC Light Programme
Piccadilly Hayride 23 December 1946 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 25 December 1946 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 10 January 1947 BBC Home Service
The Carroll Levis Show 26 January 1947 BBC Light Programme
Variety Bandbox 23 February 1947 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 28 February 1947 BBC Home Service
Happidrome 4 March 1947 BBC Light Programme
The Carroll Levis Show 16 March 1947 BBC Light Programme
Variety Bandbox 20 April 1947 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime Anniversary Programme 27 May 1947 BBC Home Service
Accordion Club 30 May 1947 BBC Light Programme
Variety Bandbox 1 June 1947 BBC Light Programme
Up and Doing 21 June 1947 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 29 June 1947 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 4 July 1947 BBC Home Service
Up and Doing 2 August 1947 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 10 August 1947 BBC Light Programme
The Carroll Levis Show 24 August 1947 BBC Light Programme
Accordion Club 11 September 1947 BBC Light Programme
Navy Mixture 18 September 1947 BBC Home Service
Alhambra of the Air 19 October 1947 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 21 October 1947 BBC Home Service
October Revue 31 October 1947 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 2 November 1947 BBC Light Programme
Accordion Club 6 November 1947 BBC Light Programme
The Carroll Levis Show 13 November 1947 BBC Light Programme
November Revue 25 November 1947 BBC Home Service
Christmas Crackers 24 December 1947 BBC Light Programme
Night Shift 13 January 1948 BBC Light Programme
Caribbean Carnival 23 January 1948 BBC General Overseas Service
Worker's Playtime 3 February 1948 BBC Home Service
Worker's Playtime 4 February 1948 BBC Home Service
Caribbean Carnival 25 May 1948 BBC General Overseas Service
Worker's Playtime 30 May 1948 BBC Home Service
Worker's Playtime 15 June 1948 BBC Home Service
Worker's Playtime 16 June 1948 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 1 August 1948 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 7 September 1948 BBC Home Service
Worker's Playtime 8 September 1948 BBC Home Service
Variety Hall of Fame 23 September 1948 BBC Light Programme
Best Indian Rendezvous 5 October 1948 BBC Light Programme
Alhambra of the Air 6 October 1948 BBC Light Programme
To Town with Terry 12 October 1948 – 28 March 1949 BBC Home Service 24 episodes; broadcast weekly[43]
Music Hall 16 April 1949 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 28 April 1949 BBC Home Service
Caribbean Carnival 5 July 1949 BBC General Overseas Service
The Vera Lynn Show 7 July 1949 BBC Light Programme
Variety Bandbox 23 October 1949 BBC Light Programme
Variety Bandbox 1 January 1950 BBC Light Programme
Henry Hall's Guest Night 11 January 1950 BBC Home Service
Music Hall 21 January 1950 BBC Light Programme
Variety Fanfare 3 February 1950 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 9 April 1950 BBC Light Programme
Henry Hall's Guest Night 26 April 1950 BBC Home Service
Worker's Playtime 28 April 1950 BBC Home Service
Something to Sing About 27 May 1950 BBC Light Programme
Variety Fanfare 13 July 1950 BBC Home Service
Variety Bandbox 13 August 1950 BBC Light Programme
Variety Fanfare 27 August 1950 BBC Home Service
Variety Fanfare 31 August 1950 BBC Home Service
Variety Fanfare 16 September 1950 BBC Home Service
Henry Hall's Guest Night 16 October 1950 BBC Home Service
Music Hall 25 October 1950 BBC Light Programme
Variety Bandbox 3 December 1950 BBC Light Programme
Can You Beat It 12 December 1950 BBC Home Service
Calling All Forces 17 December 1950 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 19 December 1950 BBC Home Service
Worker's Playtime 22 December 1950 BBC Home Service
Henry Hall's Guest Night 25 December 1950 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 26 December 1950 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 2 January 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 9 January 1951 BBC Home Service
Henry Hall's Guest Night 10 January 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 16 January 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 19 January 1951 BBC Home Service
Calling All Forces 21 January 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 6 February 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 13 February 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 20 February 1951 BBC Home Service
Music Hall 24 February 1951 BBC Light Programme
Can You Beat It 27 February 1951 BBC Home Service
Henry Hall's Guest Night 7 March 1951 BBC Home Service
Can You Beat It 26 March 1951 BBC Home Service
Henry Hall's Guest Night 27 March 1951 BBC Home Service
Anglo-American Programme 4 July 1951 BBC Light Programme
Top of the Bill 8 August 1951 BBC Light Programme
Calling All Forces 18 August 1951 BBC Home Service
Happy-Go-Lucky 30 August 1951 BBC Light Programme
Music Hall 23 February 1952 BBC Light Programme
Dick Turpin 27 February 1952 BBC Light Programme
Henry Hall's Guest Night 9 April 1952 BBC Home Service
Calling All Forces 5 May 1952 BBC Light Programme
All Star Bill 10 June 1952 BBC Light Programme
Henry Hall's Guest Night 15 October 1952 BBC Home Service
All Star Bill 20 October 1952 BBC Light Programme
Star Show 1 November 1952 BBC Light Programme
Forces Show 11 November 1952 BBC Light Programme
Variety Playhouse 23 May 1953 BBC Home Service
Hip, Hip, Hooray 25 May 1953 BBC Light Programme
BBC Ballroom 1 June 1953 BBC Light Programme
Top of the Town 5 June 1953 BBC Home Service Pilot episode[44]
Star Bill 9 August 1953 BBC Light Programme
Worker's Playtime 27 August 1953 BBC Home Service
Ignorance Is Bliss 30 September 1953 BBC Light Programme
Star Bill 25 October 1953 BBC Light Programme
Top of the Town 1 November 1953 – 21 February 1954 BBC Light Programme 16 episodes, broadcast weekly; series one[45]
Variety at the Capitol 31 January 1954 BBC Light Programme
Variety at the Capitol 7 February 1954 BBC Light Programme
Variety at the Capitol 21 February 1954 BBC Light Programme
Star Bill 4 April 1954 BBC Light Programme
Variety Playhouse 8 May 1954 BBC Home Service
Royal Salute 15 May 1954 BBC Home Service
Thank Your Lucky Stars 17 June 1954 BBC Light Programme
Blackpool Nights 14 July 1954 BBC Light Programme
Blackpool Nights 11 August 1954 BBC Light Programme
In Town Tonight 15 October 1954 BBC Home Service
Top of the Town 31 October 1954 – 27 February 1955 BBC Light Programme 16 episodes, broadcast weekly; series two[46]
Desert Island Discs 13 February 1956 BBC Home Service
Star Struck 26 February 1956 BBC Home Service
The Peers Parade 11 May 1957 BBC Light Programme
Variety Playhouse 28 December 1957 BBC Home Service
The Laughtermakers 26 March 1958 BBC Home Service
Today Today 24 March 1959 BBC Light Programme
In Town Tonight 21 November 1959 BBC Home Service
In Town Tonight 19 August 1961 BBC Home Service
Home This Afternoon 17 February 1966 BBC Light Programme
Home This Afternoon 21 March 1966 BBC Light Programme
Spoken Words 24 November 1966 WNYC-FM (USA)
Open House 23 April 1970 BBC Radio 2
Arthur Askey's Seventieth Birthday 6 June 1970 BBC Radio 4
Desert Island Discs 1 August 1970 BBC Radio 4

Stage credits[edit]

Terry-Thomas wearing a white dinner jacket. He wears an eye-patch and carries a candle
"Everyone was talking about the gap between my teeth, my monocle, the fancy waistcoats I wore and the seven-inch cigarette holders I used".
– Terry-Thomas on his look[47]
Stage credits of Terry-Thomas
Production[42][48] Date Theatre Notes
Piccadilly Hayride September 1946 – January 1948 Prince of Wales Theatre, London
Variety 13 September 1946 London Palladium
Royal Variety Performance 4 November 1946 London Palladium
Variety June 1948 London Palladium
Variety 27 September – 4 October 1948 London Palladium
Cabaret Spring 1949 Paris
The Gracie Fields Show 15 – 23 May 1949 Empress Hall, London
NSPCC Midsummer Ball 22 June 1949 Dorchester Hotel, London
Summer Season Summer 1949 New Royal Theatre, Bournemouth
Cabaret October – November 1949 Palma House Night Club, Chicago
Variety 10 – 17 April 1950 The Chelsea Palace, London
Summer Season 1950 Opera House Theatre, Blackpool
Out of this World 5 October 1950 Opera House Theatre, Blackpool
A Night of Variation 12 November 1950 Bedford Theatre, London
Jingle Bells December 1950 Wood Green Empire, London
Cabaret 31 December 1950 The Garter Club, Mayfair
Cabaret June 1951 The Wedgwood Room, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York
Humpty Dumpty 22 December 1951 – 29 February 1952 London Palladium 109 performances[49]
Top of the Town July 1952 Opera House Theatre, Blackpool
Concert Party September 1952 Military bases, Malaya
Royal Variety Performance 3 November 1952 London Palladium
Dick Whittington December 1952 – January 1953 Johannesburg As the Honourable Idle Jack[50]
Variety July 1953 Pier Pavilion, Llandudno
Summer Season 1953 Palace Theatre, Blackpool
Fun and the Fair 7 October – 19 December 1953 London Palladium 138 performances[49]
Dick Whittington December 1953 – January 1954 Granada, Sutton; Granada, Woolwich; Finsbury Park Empire As the Honourable Idle Jack[51]
Summer Season 1954 Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool
Room for Two 28 February – 2 April 1955[a] Prince of Wales Theatre, London; preceded by a national tour.[52][b] As Hubert Crone;[52] 48 performances[49]
Summer Season 1956 Morecambe
Charley's Aunt August – September 1956 Blackpool As Lord Fancourt Babberley[52]
Variety 24 – 29 September 1956 Prince of Wales Theatre, London
King John 28 October 1956 Adelphi Theatre, London
Season of Variety January 1957 Prince of Wales Theatre, London
Carroll Levis's Sensational TV Star Search September 1957 Shrewsbury
Jingle Bells 27 December 1957 Wood Green Empire, London
Our Friends the Stars 13 March 1957 Victoria Palace Theatre, London
Large as Life 23 May – 13 December 1958 London Palladium As one of The Three Musketeers;[52] 380 performances[53]
Cabaret 1 January 1959 Savoy Hotel, London
It's in the Bag March – May 1960 Provincial tour
It's in the Bag 25 May – 4 June 1960 Duke of York's Theatre, London
Revue March – April 1963 New South Wales
Don't Just Lie There, Say Something! 1971 The Metro Theatre, Sydney

Television[edit]

Two men. One the left is Red Skelton, smiling towards the camera. One the right is Terry-Thomas wearing a bowler hat, in a mock boxing stance
Terry-Thomas as a guest star on The Red Skelton Show. Shown here with Skelton.
Television appearances of Terry-Thomas[c]
Programme[13][59][60] Date Channel Role Notes
Technical Hitch 11 October 1947 BBC Television Service Live broadcast[61][62]
Stars in Your Eyes 30 January – 6 May 1949 BBC Television Service Cast member
How Do You View? 26 October – 21 December 1949 BBC Television Service Cast member Series one; script by Terry-Thomas[63]
How Do You View? 5 April – 17 May 1950 BBC Television Service Cast member Series two; Terry-Thomas also wrote additional material for the programme[64]
Picture Page 25 April 1950 BBC Television Service Cast member
How Do You View? 8 November 1950 – 28 February 51 BBC Television Service Cast member Series three
Toast of the Town 15 March 1951 CBS (USA)
Vic Oliver Introduces ... 16 June 1951 BBC Television Service
How Do You View? 19 September 1951 – 28 November 1951 BBC Television Service Cast member Series four
Hello Up There 12 October 1951 BBC Television Service
La Belle Hélène 25 November 1951 BBC Television Service Compere[65]
What's My Line? 17 December 1951 BBC Television Service Celebrity challenger[66]
Joan Gilbert at Home 26 March 1952 BBC Television Service
How Do You View? 2 April – 11 June 1952 BBC Television Service Cast member Series five
How Do You View? 9 September 1953 BBC Television Service Cast member Special edition
For Your Pleasure 28 October 1953 BBC Television Service
Television's Christmas Party 25 December 1953 BBC Television Service
The Name's the Same 26 January 1954 BBC Television Service
Variety Parade 6 April 1954 BBC Television Service
The Pat Kirkwood Show 8 May 1954 BBC Television Service
Celebration Music Hall 15 May 1954 BBC Television Service
Stars at Blackpool 15 July 1954 BBC Television Service
In Town Tonight 15 October 1954 BBC Television Service Television broadcast of Home Service radio show[67]
The Richard Hearne Show 4 December 1954 BBC Television Service
Variety Parade 3 May 1955 BBC Television Service
Around the Town 1 October 1955 BBC Television Service
Jack Hylton Presents "Saturday Night at the London Palladium" 6 November 1955 Associated-Rediffusion/ITV
Dance Music 8 December 1955 Associated-Rediffusion/ITV
Bird in Hand 25 December 1955 BBC Television Service Cyril Beverley
Strictly T-T 12 January – 8 March 1956 BBC Television Service Five episodes[68]
Celebrity 11 May 1956 ATV/ITV
1-2-3 Click 11 May 1956 ATV/ITV
My Wildest Dreams 15 May – 5 December 1956 Granada/ITV Series one; 28 episodes[69]
The Holiday Show 6 August 1956 BBC Television Service
Jack Hylton Presents "Friday Night" 10 August – 7 September 1956 Associated-Rediffusion/ITV Three episodes[70]
We Are Your Servants 27 October 1956 BBC Television Service
Off the Record 12 November 1956 BBC Television Service
Sunday Night at the London Palladium 9 December 1956 ATV/ITV
The Harry Secombe Show 31 December 1956 BBC Television Service
My Wildest Dreams 30 January – 11 June 1957 Granada/ITV Series two; 15 episodes[71]
Jack Hylton's Music Box 8 February 1957 Associated-Rediffusion/ITV
What's My Line? 24 February 1957 BBC Television Service
Beat Up the Town 22 April 1957 BBC Television Service
Personal Appearance 30 April 1957 ATV/ITV
The Alma Cogan Show 9 May 1957 BBC Television Service
The Secombe Saga 7 December 1957 BBC Television Service
A Santa for Christmas 26 December 1957 ATV/ITV
What's My Line? 16 March 1958 BBC Television Service
The Terry-Thomas Show 29 March 1958 ATV/ITV
The World Our Stage 5 April 1958 BBC Television Service
What's My Line? 14 December 1958;
21 December 1958
BBC Television Service
Tonight Starring Jack Paar 16 November 1959 NBC (USA)
Armchair Theatre: "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" 3 January 1960 ABC (USA)/ITV Lord Arthur Saville
Close Up 23 June 1960 Associated-Rediffusion/ITV
The Bing Crosby Show 11 December 1961 ABC (USA)
Juke Box Jury 2 June 1962 BBC tv
The Perry Como Show 31 October 1962 NBC (USA)
What's My Line? 7 April 1963 BBC tv
Terry-Thomas 20 July 1963 BBC tv
The British at Play 21 August 1963 Associated-Rediffusion/ITV
The Judy Garland Show 13 October 1963 CBS (USA)
Burke's Law 18 October 1963;
24 January 1964;
24 February 1964
ABC (USA) The Man
Here's Edie 16 January 1964 ABC (USA)
What's My Line? 17 May 1964 CBS (USA)
An Hour with Robert Goulet 19 November 1964 CBS (USA)
A Long View Leslie Mitchell 17 February 1965 Westward Television
The Andy Williams Show 8 March 1965 NBC (USA)
Everybody's Got a System 18 June 1965 ABC (USA) Narrator[72]
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: "The Five Daughters Affair" 31 March 1967;
7 April 1967
NBC (USA) Constable
The Red Skelton Hour 22 May 1967 CBS (USA)
Comedy Playhouse: "The Old Campaigner" 22 May 1967 BBC1 James Franklin-Jones
The Red Skelton Hour 17 October 1967 CBS (USA)
The Red Skelton Hour 20 February 1968 CBS (USA) [73]
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 4 March 1968 NBC (USA)
Monte Carlo: C'est La Rose 6 March 1968 ABC (USA)
The Big Show 7 April 1968 ATV/ITV
The Old Campaigner 6 December 1968 – 10 January 1969 BBC1 James Franklin-Jones
This is Tom Jones 28 February 1969 ITV Also broadcast on ABC (USA) on 2 March 1969
The Hollywood Palace 22 March 1969 ABC (USA)
The Liberace Show 18 May 1969 LWT/ITV
Howdy 8 August 1969 NBC (USA)
Music Hall 12 October 1969;
19 October 1969
LWT/Seven Network (Aus)
The Peapicker in Piccadilly 24 November 1969 NBC (USA) Also broadcast on ITV on 31 December 1969
The Des O'Connor Show 16 May 1970 ATV/ITV
The Dick Cavett Show 20 May 1970 ABC (USA)
The Kraft Music Hall 1 July 1970 NBC (USA)
The Dickie Henderson Show 23 April 1971 LWT/ITV
Parkinson 10 June 1971 BBC1
The Mike Douglas Show 2–6 August 1971 KYW-TV (USA)
The Kraft Music Hall 1 September 1971 NBC (USA)
Hollywood Squares 8–12 November 1971;
15–19 November 1971
NBC (USA)
The Persuaders!: "The Man in the Middle" 16 December 1971 ITC/ITV Archie Sinclair Beauchamp
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 21 February 1972;
13 March 1972
NBC (USA)
Film Night 26 August 1972 BBC1
The Dave Cash Radio Show 16 November 1972 ATV/ITV
Russell Harty Plus 20 January 1973 LWT/ITV
I Love a Mystery 27 February 1973 NBC (USA)
The Special London Bridge Special 15 March 1973 BBC2
Parkinson 19 October 1974 BBC1
The Circus World Championships 20 February 1981 BBC1
The Human Brain 31 May 1982;
21 June 1982
BBC2
Inspector Gadget: "All That Glitters" 26 November 1983 ITV Archaeologist

Discography[edit]

Terry-Thomas, wearing a dark jacket, looks off to the right, cuffing his moustache
Terry-Thomas in The Bing Crosby Show, 1961

Albums

Album recordings by Terry-Thomas
Title[74][75] Year Label Type Notes
Strictly T-T 1958 London LL3292 Solo Re-released Decca LK4398 (1961) & London LP5764 (1963)
Jeeves 1958 Caedmon TC1137 Cast recording Re-released Harper Audio 1559940042 (1989)
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 MGM 1E/SIE/E-3 Cast recording
Three Billion Millionaires! 1963 United Artists UXTL-4 Cast recording
Terry-Thomas Discovers America 1964 Warner Bros W1558 Solo
The Daydreamer 1966 Columbia LP OL-6540/OS-2940 Cast recording
Vintage Variety 1973 BBC Records LP REC 134M Cast recording Extract is from Victory Star Show, 8 June 1946[76]
Robin Hood 1973 Buena Vista 3810 Cast recording
They Played the Palladium 1983 Decca LP RFLD 30 Cast recording

Singles

Singles by Terry-Thomas
Title[77][75] Year Label Billed as Notes
"A Sweet Old-Fashioned Boy" /
"Lay Down Your Arms"
1956 Decca F10804 Terry-Thomas, Esq., & His Rock 'n' Roll Rotters /
R.S.M. Terry-Thomas
78 rpm
"The Phantom Grenadier Strikes Again" 1959 Terry-Thomas Produced and privately circulated by Terry-Thomas

Notes and references[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ McCann shows the start date of the stay at the Prince of Wales as 7 March 1955.[49]
  2. ^ Terry-Thomas broke his arm while performing at the Brighton Hippodrome, but returned five days later when the tour reached London.[52]
  3. ^ This list does not include Terry-Thomas' television appearances in advertisements, which included Van Heusen shirts, Mars bars[54] and a series of four advertisements for the Lyons drink "Bev".[55][56][57][58]

References

  1. ^ Hope-Hawkins & Nicholls 2004.
  2. ^ a b Terry-Thomas & Daum 1990, p. 1.
  3. ^ Ross 2002, pp. 1–2.
  4. ^ McCann 2009, p. 25.
  5. ^ McCann 2009, pp. 25–30.
  6. ^ Ross 2002, p. 19.
  7. ^ Ross 2002, p. 52.
  8. ^ McCann 2009, p. 51.
  9. ^ a b Turner, Adrian (9 January 1990). "Preserving a particular kind of English cad, vowel-perfect: Obituary of Terry-Thomas". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ Ross 2002, pp. 44–45.
  11. ^ Spicer, Andrew. "Terry-Thomas (1911–1990)". Screenonline. British Film Institute. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Adair, Gilbert (9 January 1990). "Obituary: Terry-Thomas". The Independent (London). p. 13. 
  13. ^ a b "Filmography: Terry-Thomas". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  14. ^ McCann 2009, pp. 225–246.
  15. ^ Ross 2002, pp. 85–187.
  16. ^ Mayer 2003, pp. 355–57.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h McCann 2009, p. 225.
  18. ^ "Cast: It's Love Again". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d e McCann 2009, p. 226.
  20. ^ "Climbing High". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Cast: Climbing High". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Cast: For Freedom". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Climbing High". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  24. ^ McCann 2009, p. 227.
  25. ^ "What's Cooking?". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Film: British Actor in 1959". BAFTA Awards Database. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  27. ^ Ross 2002, p. 123.
  28. ^ "The 21st Annual Golden Globe Awards (1964)". Golden Globe Awards. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Terry-Thomas in Tuscany". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  30. ^ a b c McCann 2009, p. 234.
  31. ^ "Terry-Thomas in the South of France". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Terry-Thomas in Northern Ireland". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "Sette Volte Sette". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "Uno Scacco Tutto Matto". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  35. ^ "Quei Temerari Sulle Loro Pazze, Scatenate, Scalcinate Carriole". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  36. ^ "Una Su Tredici". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  37. ^ Ross 2002, p. 174.
  38. ^ "Cast: Robin Hood". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  39. ^ "Gli Eroi". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  40. ^ "Una Su Tredici". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  41. ^ McCann 2009, pp. 197–205.
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