In All Directions
UK, BBC, Satire, B/W, 1966
Starring: Peter Ustinov, Peter Jones
A welcome one-off TV adaptation of a great 1950s BBC radio comedy starring the two Peters, Ustinov and Jones. The show had proven Ustinov's declaration that the British could enjoy satirical sketches, editions featuring endless car journeys around London wherein the pair looked for Copthorne Avenue, encountering a host of characters as they did so. Most memorable among these were the tatty spivs Maurice and Dudley Grosvenor (Jones and Ustinov respectively), best known as Morry and Dud, who delighted audiences with their dodgy antics. Their sketches usually ended with Dud whispering to his partner, 'Run for it!'
For the original In All Directions (26 September 1952-4 March 1955) Ustinov and Jones rambled their humorous meanderings into a tape recorder which Frank Muir and Denis Norden then whipped into shape for broadcast. This TV special, presented as a BBC2 Show Of The Week, was commissioned by Muir in his executive capacity at BBC Television.
Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.
Number of episodes: 1
Length: 50 mins