How Do You View?

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How Do You View? was the first comedy series on British television.[1][2] The programme was based on an on-screen persona of Terry-Thomas as "a glamorous, mischievous and discreetly cash-strapped man-about-town", introducing a series of sketches in which he also appeared,[3] alongside Peter Butterworth as his chauffeur; Janet Brown (Butterworth's real life wife); Avril Angers; H.C. Walton as the family retainer, Moulting and Diana Dors.[4] The programme was broadcast live and often included Terry-Thomas walking through control rooms and corridors of the BBC's Lime Grove and Alexandra Palace studios.[4][5]

The series is described by the author and historian Mark Lewisohn as being "inventive ... truly televisual and not just a radio programme in costume".[6]

Series history[edit]

Series one: 26 October – 21 December 1949
Series two: 5 April – 17 May 1950
Series three: 8 November 1950 – 28 February 51
Series four: 19 September – 28 November 1951
Series five: 2 April – 11 June 1952
Special: 9 September 1953[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ McCann 2009, p. 51.
  2. ^ Ross 2002, p. 52.
  3. ^ McCann 2009, p. 55.
  4. ^ a b Ross 2002, p. 54.
  5. ^ McCann 2009, p. 59.
  6. ^ a b Lewisohn 1998, p. 333.

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