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Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Life of Bliss (BBC)

George Cole and Petula Clark at the microphone recording A Life of Bliss.

A Life of Bliss, a new radio sitcom, was introduced by the BBC on the 29th of July, 1953 starring George Cole as awkward, absent-minded bachelor David Bliss. In the early episodes Nora Swinburne played Bliss's sister and Esmond Knight his brother-in-law, playing a married couple, Robert and Pamela Batten, with Rosalind making an appearance in a 1954 as Marie. Later their parts were taken over by Diana Churchill and Colin Gordon.

The writer of the series, Geoffrey Harrison, was frequently late completing his scripts, to the extent that he would be still typing them at the recording sessions while Percy Edwards (the "bark" of Psyche the dog in the series) entertained the studio audience with his animal impressions. The series ran for 118 episodes and transferred to television in the early 1960s.

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  1. Fondly remembered, "A Life of Bliss", the long-running radio comedy show from the 1950s, which I regularly listened to with my parents. (Another favourite was "Life with the Lyons", with Ben and Bebe Daniels.) Recently, I watched, on DVD, "The Kite", featuring George Cole, a short film which was one of four short films in the collection called "Quartet" : "Quartet" was issued in 1948, as a Gainsborough Films production, all four short films in it being based on the stories of Somerset Maugham, who introduces the collection.



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