Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Alan Melville

A record I found at Crewe flea market a couple of years ago. Recorded in 1961. He was a script writer for Beryl Reid and Dickie Henderson amongst others and wrote revues for the West End.

"Alan Melville was a playwright, revue author and lyricist well-known in the forties and fifties. He became a television personality and tv writer in the sixties. As far as I am aware he wrote no radio plays but some of his stage plays were adapted for radio, and Radio 4 had an Alan Melville season in 1983.

Melville was a prolific contributor to West End revues which dominated the lighter side of West End theatre. His satire was gentle, and he poked fun at the middle classes. Long-running plays of his include DEAR CHARLES, DEVIL MAY CARE, CASTLE IN THE AIR and SIMON AND LAURA. He wrote topical sketches and lyrics for revue and his SWEET AND LOW, SWEETER AND LOWER and SWEETEST AND LOWEST lasted about 2000 performances. He also wrote lyrics for Arthur Askey in the musical BET YOUR LIFE, and collaborated with Ivor Novello on his last show GAY'S THE WORD.

He moved on to television, though as a non-tv watcher I have no idea what he wrote for it. He lived in Brighton and died in 1983."

Alan Melville - Rita

Alan Melville - Is It True What They Say About Dixie?

Alan Melville - There Are No Fairies At The Bottom Of My Garden

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Anonymous said...

Regarding the original post on Alan Melville.In addition to writing revues and comedy scripts, he himself did comedy on bbc tv including the inevitable Dame, sort of in between a Benny Hill and a Stanley Baxter dame.But with the usual gentle humour. His most famous tv vehicle I believe was Alan Melville's A to Z in which he did a letter of the alphabet each week. What I recently discovered was that during ww2 he was a war reporter for the bbc and even reported from the Normandy Landings. Sadly, another name not given the credit these days that he deserves

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