Norman Wisdom

Neglected Films 15: The Night They Raided Minsky’s


A few readers have asked me to revive this column, which I discontinued a couple of years ago. (You’ll find the old columns all stored here if you’re looking for unusual films). In the late 1960s audiences tired of old-fashioned pictures and made ‘Easy Rider’ a hit. The studios were caught out. What were they […]

Bryant & May: The Hidden Homages


Mystery authors can be tricksters; some of us like to hide puzzles, jokes and references inside our books – we can’t resist it. Musicians do it all the time, and I’ve been doing it for years in the Bryant & May books. The most obvious joke is the names of the detectives, which were taken […]

Sing Another Funny Song


After posting about the peculiar world of comedy songs recently, a few other examples came to mind, including ‘Come Outside’ by Mike Sarne (who went on to direct the Hollywood disaster ‘Myra Breckinridge’) and Wendy Richards. Similarly, Hylda Baker and Arthur Mullard produced their own gruesome take on ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from […]

The Weird & Wonderful World Of Wisdom

I feel like wearing a black armband today. Sir Norman Wisdom has died, aged 95. To many Britons this unsophisticated comic represents something inexplicably special. We grew up with him always on TV and in movies, low budget slapstick comedies that defined an era. At the age of 13, after a bad childhood, Wisdom was […]