Talking Tottenham takes another look at the world of television and where Spurs have turned up in ‘non-footy’ programmes for your midweek break. We start with Sid James and John LeMesurier looking on as Keith Marsh reveals his banner in the sixties comedy series George and the Dragon. He also had scarf and rattle and that was just to go to a polo match. There were several references to the club during its run.
I confess I haven’t seen a number of these offerings. David Ginola who we featured recently in our Movies special has appeared on TV several times including in ‘At home with the Braithwaites.’ I’ve read he also managed to guest on ‘The Young and the Restless’ an American Soap opera. If that wasn’t enough he also featured on the Discovery Channel when he arranged for a custom built car to be prepared for his son’s birthday.
I programme I have seen (and this says a lot about me I suspect) was Spitting Image where Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne were all featured at different times.
Left - The Gazza and Lineker outfits for the show.
Our own Gary Mabbutt appeared as himself in the long running children’s TV programme ‘The Queens Nose’ which was about a coin that granted wishes if you’re wondering.
Gary also twittered once that he was once up for a part in Byker Grove (another children’s TV drama ) but I think he was being silly.
Right - Its the spitting image of Jimmy Greaves.
Will Miller our young player currently out on loan at Burton was also a child actor, and took the lead in Oliver Twist in 2007 when he was eleven. He has also appeared in the series Runaway (left) while on the big screen and he was in several films.
Will again below as Oliver.
Jamie Redknapp appears on a show called 'A league of their own' this won an award for Best comedy entertainment.
Steve Perryman and Gary Mabbutt (again) both appeared on the Children’s TV entertainment programme Crackerjack.
Another children’s programme was Blue Peter and some of our academy players turned up there one week wearing various football kits from the across years.
That RT cover of Gascoigne was to mark the Radio Five station which later became Five Live.
Here is Paul on the air.
I couldn't track down info on Jimmy's programme 'Yesterdays Heroes' I expect the title speaks for itself.
Latest TV sensation with a Hotspur twist is former player Jamie O’Hara who is appearing on this year’s Big Brother, something I’ve never watched.
Jamie who since leaving Spurs has made more headlines for his social life than his football so it must be compulsive viewing.
Maybe I can slip in here that Gary Mabbutt once said Christian Gross once threatened to stop the lads listening to Virgin Radio in the dressing room. Willie Hall who we featured in the first article also turned up on radio during the war answering questions from listeners about the game.
A couple of ‘footy’ TV interview images and here Martin Chivers looks like he has been asked a tough question by Jimmy Hill (left) while Ray Clemence seems to be more relaxed with Spurs fan John Motson. While on ITV Brian Moore (below) prepares to commentate on the first league shown live between Spurs and Nottingham Forest.
Another comedy series which has had a Spurs link is Gavin and Stacy, where the hero Matthew Horne (a Spurs fan) is often seen wearing his Spurs shirt to bed.
David Ginola (What again) and Jamie Redknapp have both stood in as the captain on the quiz show – A question of Sport.
Other panel members on the show with a Spurs link include - Brad Friedel, Peter Crouch, Darren Anderton, Mathew Ethrington, Graeme Soulness Jamie O'Hara, Paul Robinson and Darren Bent.
Right - The 1987 FA Cup Final RT cover.
We also featured in the issue covering the FA Cup final in 1961 but that issue will be featured in our series looking back at the Double.
Left - Its Paul Gascoigne (!) this time with the BBC Sports Personality of the year trophy which he won in 1990.
The team won the team award in 1961 and I do have one (rather poor) picture of that. If anyone has one please let me know.
Thank you to my little correspondent who tells me the following have appeared on the quiz show , They think its all over – Gary Lineker, Teddy Sheringham, Ian Walker, Chris Waddle, Neil Raddock, Jimmy Greaves, Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe, Les Ferninard, Glenn Hoodle and Steffan Freund.
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