Comic Relief Live
Louise Gold was involved as a Spitting Image puppeteer, at The Shaftsbury Theatre, on 4, 5 and 6 April 1986, first broadcast (as part of Omnibus) on 25 April 1986
Appeared on the broadcast
Afrodiziak, Rowan Atkinson, Chris Barrie, Frank Bruno, Kate Bush, Billy Connelly, Angus Deayton, Adrian Edmondson, Ben Elton, French & Saunders (Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders), Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Louise Gold, Howard Goodall, Lenny Henry, Howard Jones, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Raw Sex (Simon Brint, and, Rowland Rivon), Cliff Richard, Christopher Ryan, Spitting Image, and, Midge Ure
Took Part, but Not On the Broadcast or video
George Carlin, Graham Chapman, Ronnie Corbett, John Craven,
For Comic Relief
Rowan Atkinson, Mike Agnew, Alex Armitage, Will Bowen, Philip Chard,
Carol Curtis, Tim Foster, Stephen Fry,
For BBC TV
Camera Supervisor – Frank Hudson
Engineering Manager – Geoff Taylor
Production Team – Cassie
Vision Mixer – Susan Brincat
Lighting – Peter Webb
Videotape Editor – Ed Woodan
Produced by – A BBC TV Co-Production in association with Comic Relief Ltd
Director – Geoff
Producer – Roger Graff
For the Video Release
Videotape Editor – Robin Doelly
Co-ordinated by –
Produced by – Ed Bye
Comic Relief wishes to thank “Rushes” for the extensive use of their facilities when making this cassette
Directors – Philip
Producers – Richard Curtis, and, Roger Graff
It is well known that Louise Gold and Chris Barrie were performing as Spitting Image voice-artistes. It is also known that Louise Gold was doing her bit as a Spitting Image puppeteer. It does not seem to be known who else was operating the Spitting Image puppets, could it be possible they might have let Chris Barrie have a go? or did someone else do it. Your webmaster does not know.
Adrian Edmondson also worked on Spitting Image as a writer and voice-artiste, and Richard Curtis was also involved with the programme.
Louise Gold went on to perform Spitting Image’s The Queen for a charity FUNdraising event concocted by The Company Of Mary Poppins.
Ben Elton, and, Richard Curtis had helped with the Spitting Image Pilots.
In the middle of doing the three performances, at least four cast members had to, literally, fly up to Edinburgh and back (on 6 April), to attend a friend’s wedding (at which one of their number was being an usher).
Afrodiziak, Rowan Atkinson, Chris Barrie, Frank Bruno, Kate Bush, Graham Chapman, Billy Connolly, John Craven,
Angus Deayton, Adrian Edmondson, Ben Elton,
French And Saunders, Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Louise Gold,
Howard Goodall, Lenny Henry, Howard Jones,
Rowan Atkinson had previously starred in BlackAdder, for which Howard Goodall wrote the theme tune, and which Geoff Posner, and, Richard Curtis also worked on.
As Spitting Image voice-artiste Chris Barrie and Louise Gold both feature on the single Da Do Run Ron, which Richard Curtis also helped with.
Chris Barrie, and, Louise Gold also helped out with the Fall Out group’s shows.
Billy Connolly, and, Jennifer Saunders appeared in the film Muppet Treasure Island.
Adrian Edmondson worked on Rita Rudner.
Stephen Fry may have taken part in Will Aid.
Rick Mayall appeared in A Kick Up The Archive.
It is not known whether the Mark Henderson who helped on the production team of this show is the same person as the lighting designer on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or not.
Ronnie Corbett, and,
Tim Foster went on to do the sound design for The Little Sister.
Rowland Rivron appeared in the documentary I Love The Muppets.
Bob Geldof appeared in the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image.
Links about Comic Relief Live (1986)
Official Website for Comic Relief: http://www.comicrelief.com/
IMDB Entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284008/
BFI Page about the broadcast: http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/301727
Wikipedia page about Comic relief: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Relief_(charity)