RIP Keith Harris (1947-2015)

I was sad today to read about the death of Keith Harris; someone whose shows I genuinely enjoyed as a child. (I definitely saw him live once, and distinctly remember an animatronic Orville who sat on the stage by himself and sang.) For proof that Harris could be really fucking funny, look no further than this article, and read what Harris thinks of his upcoming Christmas special:

“It’s nice to think you’re in people’s homes at Christmas. And it’s a time when Cuddles gets a little friendlier towards Orville, I’m glad to say. Last year he gave Orville ten pounds. Of sage and onion.”

OK, OK, I can hear you say. What possible connection can there be with Red Dwarf and Keith Harris? Well, take a look at the following video, and the credits of Keith and Orville’s Quack Chat Show – the programme I remember Keith from best, with a theme tune I’d entirely forgotten until today. The show’s Scenic Designer is none other than… Paul Montague, production designer for Red Dwarf Series 1 and 2.

An extremely rare chance to see Paul Montague’s day-to-day design work – a person very important to Dwarf‘s early years.

And that’s how I managed to link together Red Dwarf and Keith Harris. Join me next week, when I attempt to link together Blackadder and Lolly Badcock.

26 Responses to RIP Keith Harris (1947-2015)

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  1. Lovely piece John. In a bid to learn more, I Googled Lolly Badcock thinking she had something to do with Red Dwarf…. Luckily I didn’t do it at work.

    I’ll say this for her, though. She does have a very Rowan Atkinsony name.

  2. G&T Admin

    I worked with Keith briefly a few times when he guested on Big Brother and Bit on the Side. He was generous with his time, thoroughly professional and – above all – always funny. It speaks volumes that the consensus following his death tallies with this – nobody has a bad word to say about the man.

  3. While there’s nothing wrong with swearing when the time calls for it, the swearing here is unnecessary and comes across as uneducated, vulgar and puerile Was it necessary to add a “fucking” there? This really puts me off reading the posts on this site..

  4. G&T Admin

    This really puts me off reading the posts on this site..

    Excellent.

  5. While there’s nothing wrong with swearing when the time calls for it, the swearing here is unnecessary and comes across as uneducated, vulgar and puerile Was it necessary to add a “fucking” there? This really puts me off reading the posts on this site..

    You missed out a full stop between “puerile” and “Was”.
    How’s that for fucking uneducated?

  6. I appreciate the irony of someone calling themselves “The Lawless One” whining about some rude words.

    RIP Keith.

  7. Other Red Dwarf websites are available.

  8. *follows link*
    *plays droughts v skutter*

    I feel dirty.

  9. My favourite feature on Total Red Dwarf is their lengthy, in-depth review of the Japanese Red Dwarf DVD box set, which goes into a startling amount of detail.

  10. While there’s nothing wrong with swearing when the time calls for it, the swearing here is unnecessary and comes across as uneducated, vulgar and puerile Was it necessary to add a “fucking” there? This really puts me off reading the posts on this site..

    You missed out a full stop between “puerile” and “Was”.
    How’s that for fucking uneducated?

    You haven’t heard of touch-screen typing? Aw… Go back to your typewriter, you rude, uneducated, immature, menopausal old bag.

    You insult people who make valid comments about the bad language used on this site which is being read by kids? You are sick. Probably a paedophile.

  11. While there’s nothing wrong with swearing when the time calls for it, the swearing here is unnecessary and comes across as uneducated, vulgar and puerile Was it necessary to add a “fucking” there? This really puts me off reading the posts on this site..

    You missed out a full stop between “puerile” and “Was”.
    How’s that for fucking uneducated?

    A typo doesn’t equate to uneducated, retorting with a personal attack does, when I was merely commenting on how the language comes across. I really hope you respond to people like that in real life, then again, I really hope you like nosebleeds.

  12. Hey there fuckface!
    You see, I put my name and face alongside my online comments, because when I call someone a raging thundercunt, I mean it and I’m willing to stand up and say so. It’s very easy to sit there behind your keyboard and anonymity, throwing baseless accusations at people, like the spineless piece of shit you clearly are… isn’t it dickwad?

    Now, I’m done with you and your cowardly sniveling attempts at insults. How about you fuck off and cower under the rock you crawled out from under? You complete and utter fucking cunt.

  13. Most kids I knew swore as much as most adults I know now. Few things wind me up more than people ‘protecting’ children from words.

  14. Yeah, well, that’s because you’re probably a pedophile.

    Am I doing this right?

  15. Lawless One isn’t even an accurate name. I mean, everyone knows Lucy lawless played Three in Galactica.

  16. G&T Admin

    Lawless (Nil, Jo) One.

  17. Brothers, sisters, come together.
    What would Keith Harris think?

  18. A group of foul-mouthed child abusers giving a great TV show a bad name… I feel like I’m at the BBC.

  19. Foul mouthed, yes. A great TV show, undoubtedly, that’s why we’re here. But don’t ever, ever, call any of my friends a child abuser or paedophile. That kind of slander is worse and more offensive than any swearing you’ll find on this site.

  20. Not all of us are foul-mouthed.

  21. I think Lawless Cunt is projecting.

  22. I thought Lawless One was joking. I thought it was quite a good joke! Quite poor taste, but it still made me smirk. What can I say? I was in a generous mood.

    On a serious note, do we think child abusers would actually use bad language to attract children?
    Asking for a friend.

  23. Fucked if I know.

    *is swarmed by children!*

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