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Following on from my post about Cheeky Weekly in George and Mildred

http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.com/search ... %20Mildred

and Bruce's posts about comics appearing in Benny Hill and The Two Ronnies

http://toonworks.brucelaing.com/blog/20 ... hill-show/

http://toonworks.brucelaing.com/blog/20 ... o-ronnies/

here's another Benny Hill scene, from a show originally transmitted on 18 February 1976, featuring The Beano dated 22 November 1975.

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Not sure but I seem to remember Peter Cushing reading TV21 in the first Dr Who movie although it might have been a publicity shot. I know they featured it in the comic. Issue 28 was the movie tie-in.

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I thought it was the Eagle Dr Who was reading?
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chrissmillie wrote:I thought it was the Eagle Dr Who was reading?
It was. It's the opening scene in the film I think. Cushing exclaims "Fascinating, most fascinating" or something as he reads it.

In the first or second episode of Coronation Street in 1960 the Tanner family are shown reading comics, even though the characters are all adults. Couldn't see the titles though, but one was a girls' comic, probably one of the teenage girls' titles rather than Bunty. Even Elsie Tanner reads it at one stage. I suppose the idea was to show the Tanners were less educated than the others in the show.

There's a whole scene with them reading the comics whilst arguing. It's like a precursor to internet message boards. ;-)
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Lew Stringer wrote: There's a whole scene with them reading the comics whilst arguing. It's like a precursor to internet message boards. ;-)
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I remember Eric Morecambe reading a copy of The Dandy in one of the 'bed sketches' from the Morecambe and Wise show :D

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I seem to recall my father getting quite heated because an episode of the Australian soap 'The Sullivans' (anyone remember that?) featured a character reading the Eagle - but at the time the series was set in 1948! I distinctly recall him asking if British comics were sometimes started on other countries first! And had to tell him I thought the writers had cocked up... unless someone now can tell me there was an Australian comic by the same name at that time?

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I've just recalled in one episode of 'The Kids from 47A', one of the boys could be seen reading an issue of 'Look-in'. It would have been funnier if it was an issue with the 'Kids from 47A' strip in! Or better still, if they were on the cover!

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I can remember Viv in the Young Ones reading a re-hashed copy of Warlord called Warbastard or something, with a story called 'SS Death Camp Criminal Battalion go to Monte Casino for the Massacre'. Rik's busy cajoling him on the idiocy of comics, only to realise Viv's stolen it from him.
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Oddly in the Morecambe and Wise Sketch the masthead of the Dandy Eric is reading has been redone so looks nothing like the actual Dandy masthead - it was probably due to DC Thomson's attitude in those days of not wanting their publications exploited.

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There's an Open All Hours with a Look-In on sale!

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I'be bought the entire run of "Open All Hours", so if I get the time, I'll peruse the DVD's for the Look-In and Buster references, and post both in a future post in my blog.

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As this strand has slightly wandered over into movies I remember Bernard Bresslaw
reading a copy of the Topper in the 1958 film 'Too Many Crooks'.

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Lew Stringer wrote:
chrissmillie wrote:I thought it was the Eagle Dr Who was reading?
It was. It's the opening scene in the film I think. Cushing exclaims "Fascinating, most fascinating" or something as he reads it.
The scene pans from granddaughters Barbara, reading a book on history, and little Susie, absorbed in a book on physics, to 'Dr Who' (his actual name in the movies!) reading a copy of Eagle and exclaiming 'most exciting'.

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stevezodiac wrote:Oddly in the Morecambe and Wise Sketch the masthead of the Dandy Eric is reading has been redone so looks nothing like the actual Dandy masthead - it was probably due to DC Thomson's attitude in those days of not wanting their publications exploited.
Nothing to do with Thomsons Steve (after all why would they baulk at some free advertising on such a prime-time show) but more to do with the legal small print in the BBC's own policy on non-advertising. At the time it was against BBC policy guidlines on advertising to promote any product on screen in any of its shows but, as Eric is seen reading a comic and uses the line 'Desperate Dan's good this week' most viewers at the time would have known that the comic he was reading was the Dandy.
But as they couldn't show him reading an actual real copy of the Dandy which would have infringed the BBC's promotional code they got around the problem by mocking up an ersatz copy of the comic which by dint of a legal nicety bypassed any possible infringment. Daft really but there you are!

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