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Ted Dicks (1928-2012)

February 4th, 2012 (03:26 pm)

The composer, scriptwriter and artist Ted Dicks died last weekend. He was a principal collaborator with Hazel Adair and Peter Ling on Compact for the BBC and then Crossroads for ATV in the 1960s, but seems best remembered for his music, including several chart hits for Bernard Cribbins and one for Ronnie Hilton. Here's Bernard Cribbins with 'Right Said Fred', and then the first part of the first episode of Catweazle (London Weekend, 1970), music by Ted Dicks.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/486024.html.

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Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: February 4th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)

Oh! And I had already been sad about the death of John Christopher: http://sfe3.org/sf.php?id=0X5q6K!323Yf

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 4th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)

I'd not heard about John Christopher dying. That brings a shiver somehow. I liked those of his children's books which I read and appreciated the contribution he made in the 1990s to an issue of the Doctor Who-led fanzine Circus.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: February 4th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Marxist

My Dad used to sing Right Said Fred to my sister and me when we were children! "I've got a sort of feeling/If we remove the ceiling/With a rope or two/We could drop the blighter through."

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 4th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)

I had no idea that the Ted Dicks who worked on 1960s soap operas had also written the music for Bernard Cribbins's 1960s songs. I thought people might appreciate the news being shared, because the songs are fondly thought of.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: February 4th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Marxist

There's a recording around of Maya Angelou and Jessica Mitford singing Right Said Fred. It has to be heard to be believed; they attempt Cockney accents (it's on Spotify, if that helps).