Bikwil readers may recall that in my Verandah column in
Issue 7 (May 1998) I wrote a piece on the
Lovely Miss Aimi Macdonald.
She featured with John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman in the
British TV comedy series At Last the 1948 Show.
recently learned from “one who was there” that my article,
though barely 200 words, came complete with three glaring
errors of fact. My source is none other than Tim
Brooke-Taylor himself, who emailed the editor in late
March with the dismal truth.
seated on my hard stool of contrition, here I go with the necessary
David Frost was never in the show. I had confused At Last the 1948 Show
with The Frost Report.
second place, to quote Tim, Aimi was not as silent as my mistaken memory
had it, but “said a great deal and was brilliant”.
I claimed that it was Marty and John who discovered Aimi in a West End
was John and Tim:
[John and I] . . . were surprised to see were so
popular with the ladies there. We were too naïve to know what their game
mistakes show how careful you have to be when getting “information” from
the way, goes on to tell us that the title At Last the 1948 Show
was the idea of stage director Trevor Nunn. He also mentions that he (Tim)
. . . appeared at
the National Film Theatre last year, as part of an At Last the 1948
Show evening and she’s as lovely as ever.
year, too, he came Down Under for The Goodies convention, which was
a roaring success.
reminds us of another Aussie connection as well: that The Goodies
Web site and magazine are “Oz inspired”. In fact, he reckons that
seems to know more about me than I do.
sorry, Tim, for this inconvenience we’ve caused you, and many thanks for