Richard HEARNE (1908-79)
THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Richard Hearne, actor, comedian, producer and writer, famous for his stage and television character Mr Pastry, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews backstage at the BBC Television Theatre.
“You rotten lot!”
The Guardian 27 October 1959
“Mr Pastry” and Panorama
By our Television Critic
The British television public must have the liking for routine that the listening public has always shown.
Once a pattern has been established, the BBC can keep on keeping it up for years.
One can well imagine, for instance, that in ten years time we shall still be watching This Is Your Life and Panorama on a Monday evening.
This Is Your Life still disturbs me because of the embarrassment sometimes so evident in the subject brought on to the stage by trickery of one kind or another: also by its wallowing in sentiment and flattery.
Actors and actresses and show business people in general can put a better face on it than others, since they are accustomed to the limelight, and some people clearly enjoy the whole business. But even when they are used to an audience, they can appear distressed, and Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry) last night was not always happy.
He appeared genuinely annoyed and disturbed at being brought there by a stratagem, and not unnaturally dismayed at the use made of his work for spastics and polio-stricken children to make a public entertainment. Not all of the people brought in to greet him were word perfect or easy in their appointed parts, and there were some sticky moments in a programme redeemed by his own charm and shyness.
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