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Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal

Listen online: An exclusive interview with two comedy greats plus extracts from their performance at the 2008 Ilkley Literature Festival.

In 1958 Barry Cryer had a Number 1 hit record in Finland with the song 'Purple People Eater' by Sheb Wooley. Over his 50-year career he has written for, among many, Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Bob Hope and Richard Pryor. He is a comedy legend.

Graeme Garden is one third of the Goodies. He is also a comedy legend.

They were in Ilkley to talk about their book, The Doings of Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea?, based on their Radio 4 series.

In this podcast, they talk to the Yorkshire Post's Digital Editor David Behrens about the book and their long association on the BBC Radio 4 comedy series, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, whose chairman Humphrey Lyttleton died earlier this year. And they reveal finally the origins of the mysterious game Mornington Crescent.

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"Hello there! You'll have had your tea! Dougal here. Well, here we go, with our wee book. It's a collection or potpourri (I've no idea what Hamish means by that it sounds like something to do with the Pope) of our activities, or 'doings' in the village we call home, because that's exactly what it is.

"Together with our housekeeper, Mrs Naughtie, and of course, the laird who lives up at the big hoose and shoots grouse and other bottles of whisky, these are the actual scripts of our wee show which we performed on the wireless, when most of you were probably in bed!

"Hamish and I have known each other all our lives well, not yet, obviously! We have a very close relationship and also with each other. Mrs Naughtie been with us since we first met her at the Krankie Arms, where she was working as part time barmaid and bouncer.

"In addition to the scripts you'll find all kinds of other things tucked away under it's kilt. There's a hectic social life in the village. You'll visit the "bide a wee" caf, proud possessor of three Michelin tyres. You'll have a conducted tour of the big hoose by big tam, our local guide (not during opening hours). You'll Marvel at the site of the battle of Auchtermuchty, now allotments. You'll peek into the Laird's social diary in 'oot and aboot' 40p at the post office. And a great deal more.

"Well, I hope this wee note will make you hurry to the till and spend the terrible amount of money these wee books cost these days. But then again this particular wee book is Scotland's answer to Richard and Judy! Hurrah!

"Away now "

The Doings of Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea?, 16.99, is published by Preface Publishing, ISBN: 9781848090231.

 
 
 

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