‘With John Wayne On The Xylophone’
In keeping with the once-fashionable idea that children were actually miniature adults in training whose brains needed treating in the same way, British pop culture used to provide anklebiters with their own comics, newspapers, variety shows and comedy series which were versions of what the grown-ups consumed. I’d completely forgotten about ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ until stumbling across the TV series on YouTube. The show featured members of Monty Python, along with Denise Coffey and David Jason, in surrealist sketches that played very much like miniaturist Python stream-of-consciousness dialogues.
The resident band for this was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, with mad hippy Vivian Stanshall and Python’s own Neil Innes. Here they are introducing the band members at the end of a show, proving once more that children should never be talked down to.