Rik Hits The Top 40


Shakespeare. Football. It’s obvious that they go together really. And the tragic loss of national treasure Rik Mayall means they finally have their day.

With no official World Cup 2014 anthem, after the Football Association decided against releasing a new version of Take That’s ‘Greatest Day’ featuring Gary Barlow and Michael Owen, an online campaign started for Rik’s ‘Noble England’, a track which failed to chart the first time around but which sits at number 38 in the midweek update of the charts, just 24 hours after the campaign was launched.

After he died I went back and watched ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘Bottom’ – they’re still very funny. Even ‘Guest House Paradiso’ has its moments. Match point to Mr Mayall.

3 comments on “Rik Hits The Top 40”

  1. Jo W says:

    So sad that someone has to die to get into the charts.

  2. Brian says:

    Interesting to note there are only white faces in the video yet when you look at the team…

  3. Helen Martin says:

    True, all true, but wasn’t that a wonderful performance? Just wonderful. Try Youtube for Wayne and Shuster’s Shakespearean Baseball Game. It would make a great Eng. Lit. course exam to identify the quotes.

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