I recently found (by coincidence) this great video, a part of the famous BBC show that aired from 1971 to 1987, The Two Ronnies. This is one of the most popular sketches from the show. This episode is a parody of the quiz show “Mastermind” with Barker as host Magnus Magnusson and Coret as a contestant named Charlie Smithers, whose specialist subject was “answering the question before last”.
So, here is the video and the tape script:
Q: And so, to our first contestant. Good evening! Your name, please!
A: Good evening!
Q: Your chosen subject was answering questions before you are asked. This time, you`ve choson to answer the question before last, each time, is that correct?
A: Charlie Smithers.
Q: And your time starts now. What is palaeontology?
A: Yes, absolutely correct.
Q: What is the name of the directory that lists members of the peerage?
A: A study of old fossils.
Q: Correct. Who are Len Murray and Sir Geoffrey Howe?
Q: Correct. What is the difference between a donkey and an ass?
A: One is a Trade Union leader, the other one is a member of the cabinet.
Q:Correct. Complete the quotation “To be or not to be…”
A:They are both the same.
Q:Correct. What is Bernard Manning famous for?
A: That is the question.
Q: Correct. Who is the current Archbishop of Canterbury?
A: He is a fat man who tells blue jokes.
Q: Correct. What do people kneel on in church?
A: The Right Reverend Robert Runcey
Q: Correct. What do tarantulas pray on?
Q: Correct. What would you use a rip cord to pull open?
A: Large flies.
Q: Correct. What sort of person lives in Bedlam?
A: A parachute
Q: Correct. What is a jockstrap?
A: A nut case.
Q:For what purpose would a decorator use ethylene chlorides?
A: A form of athletic support.
Q: What did Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec do?
A: Paint strippers.
Q: Who is Dean Martin?
A: He is a kind of artist.
Q: Yes, what sort of artist?
A: Err… Pass.
Q: That’s near enough.
Q: What make of vehicle is the standard London bus
A: A singer.
Q: In 1892 Brandon Thomas wrote a famous long running British farce, what was it?
A: British Leyland.
Q: Correct. Complete the following quota…(a beep is heard)…I started, so I finish! Complete the following quotation about Mrs Thatcher: “Her heart may be in the right place but her ..”
So, tell me what you think about this kind of “old entertainment”.