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Mike and Bernie: How to Lose Friends and Go Off People (S1EP1 ITV Tues 14 Dec 1971, Peter Jones)

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In How to Lose Friends and Go Off People, the opening episode of Mike and Bernie, the out of work comedians are getting increasingly depressed at their lack of work. Luckily they have managed to secure an interview with one of London’s top variety agents – unluckily he doesn’t like them or their act.

The TV Times of the week had a two page feature on the duo focused on their love of football. The pair were members of the Showbusiness Football XI and how they often structured their lives around the game. Mike had recently even interrupted a Spanish holiday to fly home to watch Chelsea play Arsenal.

Guest star in this episode was the fabulous Peter Jones, his career had begun in the 1940’s and he had become something of a household name by the 1960’s thanks to his starring role in The Rage Trade. He is also well remember for providing the voice of the book in The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 14 Dec 1971 at 8.30pm

Series: Mike and Bernie Episode 1 of 6

Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Production Design: Harry Clark / Director: Stuart Allen

cast
Mike Winters as Mike
Bernie Winters as Bernie
Peter Jones as W.G.
Jasmine Hilton as Miss Morgan
Michael Bilton as Mr Granger
Sonia Stevens as Pools Checker
Alan Buckman as Postman