Apologies for the poor quality of these screen shots taken from the opening credits of 'Best of British Comedy' presented by Frank Muir. I presume these tickets were issued and if so, are they now considered collector's items?
That I think proves they are either collectible or that someone who had one thought that it must be. I wonder if it sold, particularly at that mad price...
That's the problem with this so-called memorabilia, the "average" person can't afford silly prices like that, assuming that's the true price. It's something I'd like, but to be honest I probably wouldn't pay more than 20 bucks for it, it is only a ticket after all, even if genuine, which it probably is.
Now if it was Pike's scarf or Mainwaring's cap, I might part with 750 pounds (about AU$1500), but probably not, $100 maybe. But I'm sure they'd be valued at more than 750 pounds somehow.
Post by Andy Howells on Feb 14, 2019 7:42:22 GMT 12
Well memorabilia with signatures seem to command high prices although you cant even guarantee they are genuine. Any Dad's Army autographs I have have all usually been personally obtained. It would be nice to have Arthur Lowe, John Le Mes, Arnold, James Beck and John Laurie but I wouldn't pay ridiculous prices for them because everything is so easily faked now.
Post by Alan Hayes on Feb 16, 2019 21:56:11 GMT 12
I've been asked by PM to explain what these tickets are. I've responded, but thought my reply might possibly be helpful in the thread, too.
Basically, they were like any other ticket that'd you'd buy. You booked to be part of the studio audience for a programme's recording session and the BBC would send you a ticket (which is what you see above). This would be presented on the gate to permit your entry to the building/studio.
The only difference from a standard ticket for a West End show or something was that the BBC never charged for tickets/admission. They were allocated on a lottery basis - you applied for a ticket and then the BBC randomly selected who could come along and be part of the audience (normally there would be more applications than tickets available).
This practice still continues today for BBC recordings, though the tickets are standard-looking now and not anywhere near as interesting!
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 19, 2019 22:02:30 GMT 12
It must have been like Christmas for the fans to be drawn for the audience in a Dad's Army recording, whether it was for TV or radio. Some of the radio audiences are very enthusiastic with their laughter and you often here a lot of kids laughing. What a thrill that would have been for them.
Post by Alan Hayes on Feb 19, 2019 22:21:45 GMT 12
Certainly I know that The Goodies and I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again had several regular public audience members (indeed I've met one of them, a woman called Olga), so I wonder if there was a 'DA audience platoon' who met up regularly for recordings?
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Post by Andy Howells on Feb 20, 2019 11:19:00 GMT 12
I seem to recall reading or hearing that certain members of the audience caused a little bit too much over enthusiasm with their laughter. There is one I think on the radio recording of Enemy Within The Gates which is quite audible and it sounds like Clive Dunn cheekily starts to play up to her laughter a bit in order to get a bigger reaction when he goes "I haven't decided yet how far I'm going to go!"
I would certainly have felt all my birthdays had come at once if I'd have got to see the DA cast on TV, radio or stage. I still cant believe the cast had played the stage show at Billingham Forum close to where I lived in Stockton. I never even knew about the stage show until I read Bill's book so many years later.
Post by Alan Hayes on Feb 20, 2019 12:31:11 GMT 12
The best I did was meeting the DA luminaries at Bill's Imperial War Museum book launch in 1997. That was a very special day for me - but to have been present at a recording or stage show would have topped even that.
But then again, I'd have been a kid, at most a 12-year old, and probably wouldn't have taken in how lucky I was...
I went to lots of BBC radio shows in the 60's, often if I hadn't got a ticket you stood on the side looking pathetic then someone from the cast would come out after rehearsals & give you a ticket on their way to the pub, both John Cleese & Tim Brooke-Taylor did this while I waited out side the Playhouse Theatre in London for I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.