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.