|"How Bona to vada your dolly old eek!
Don't be strange, troll in!"
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If you understand the strange greeting at the top of the page, then you probably need no introduction to the outrageous Julian and Sandy. Oh dear...how to explain them to someone who has never heard of them...? 'Julian and Sandy' were characters in the BBC radio comedy sketch programme 'Round The Horne' and were played by Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Williams respectively. They were complemented by 'Mr.Horne', played by urbane Kenneth Horne.
One of the beauties of 'Julian and Sandy' is the way in which it develops, much of which is due to the characterisations of the actors, who ad-lib the script almost out of all recognition. Another brilliant feature of the series (and one that endears it to homosexuals everywhere!) are all the jokes and double-entendres concerning the 'Gay-language' of polari*, which an ordinary heterosexual person (or a censorious BBC Director General!) couldn't possibly have 'got' - the show was a lot filthier than it appeared to the average (ie; straight) listener!
A good example of the way in which 'Julian and Sandy' developed is in the character of 'Mr. Horne' who started out as simply a 'straight' man (if you'll pardon the expression') to Julian and Sandy but as the show progressed the character begins to take on a few of the camp pairs' sayings and it is even implied that he 'dabbles' with Sandy (although this would probably been more obvious to a gay audience than a straight one).
Perhaps if I quote from the sleeve notes of the cassettes of the collected sketches, that would give a general idea of what they were all about: MORE TEXT TO BE ADDED
|"Hello I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy..."|
'It was radio's campest catchphrase, the weekly response to urbane Kenneth Horne's innocent "Is anyone there?" on Round The Horne in the 60's. Oozing with innuendo and double-entendre, Julian (Hugh Paddick) and Sandy (Kenneth Williams) were the outrageous, limp-wristed actors from Carnaby Street who were game for a variety of entrepreneurial endeavours, rent-a-chaps with their own camp language and 'bona' credentials'.
From the BBC Radio Collection 'Julian & Sandy' 1992
|"Hello, I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy'|
'It was radio's campest catchphrase, and it never failed to produce gales of laughter on Round The Horne each week. Oozing with innuendo and double-entendre: "Hallo, we're Bona Caterers - we handle everything", Julian (Hugh Paddick) and Sandy (Kenneth Williams) were the outrageous, limp-wristed actors from Carnaby Street who were game-on for a variety of entrepreneurial endeavours from the Bona Guest House, Bogmouth to Guided Tripettes'.
From the BBC Radio Collection 'The Bona World of Julian & Sandy' 1996
Click on the links to read scripts from the show:
Foreword by Barry Took and Marty Feldman
BONA BIJOU TOURETTES
LA CASSEROLE DE BONA GOURMET
BONA HOMES AND GARDENS
*For more about polari, see Paul Bakers Homepage - he is doing a PhD in it! The things these Universities let you study these days!
More scripts to be added as I format them - God bless OCR! : )