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Early in the 50's there was a short story slot to fill up children's hour. These were without scripts and delivered by official looking men in dinner jackets. I remember one story particularly well.......

A plumby gentleman tried to tell a story about stomach noises, unfotunately he forgot his lines. The outcome has been seared in my memory for 50 years......

Sudden stalling

Panic-stricken expression

and sheen of sweat

Head in hands

Abut one minute of stunned immobility

Strangled cry, "I've fogotten the bloody lines"


5 minutes later a somewhat shaky voice continued the story, but I never saw him on TV again.

Barry Lorimer

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