Podcast 294: This is our Everest, Part Forty – The Russ Abbot Show, 1986

by | May 6, 2021

On this week’s This Is Our Everest, Edward and Ian have been watching an episode of BBC1’s The Russ Abbot Show from 1986.  It allows your heroes to reflect both on Russ Abbot’s lengthy some call it legacy as well as renewing our ongoing affair with the work of Les Dennis, now in his third appearance in the podcast. There’s plenty of meat on these ravaged old bones, including a trek through some well weathered comedy landscapes, a consideration of the morals and ethics of doing impersonations of recently deceased people and a threat to withhold the licence fee.

The dismal failure of Russ Abbot’s two hair transplants is discussed and his internal struggle is laid bare in Freudian terminology. There’s a calamitous miscarriage of justice brought about solely by the unconfined male libido, a discussion of the basic level of professional discretion you should expect from a bin man and a fond reminiscence back to the golden age of document shredding. All this plus! Ian offers a strobe lighting warning for viewers a mere 35 years after the fact. If you’d like to watch the programme (bearing in mind the opening titles contain strobe effects), you can find it here.

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