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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.

Peter Ustinov
Peter Jones

Peter Jones - Writer
Michael Mills - Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 1 Length: 50 mins
26 Apr 1966 BBC2 Tue 9pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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