Morton, J B (1893-1975)

Last Edited: 18-Jul-2009 A Global British Comedy Collaborative document. Edited by John Lucas

Beachcomber by the Way

A JB Morton newspaper column that ran for 54 years, the original short pieces were the acknowledged childhood inspiration of Spike Milligan. A television series was produced in about 1969 and featured Spike Milligan, George Benson, Clive Dunn, Patricia Hayes, Hattie Jacques, Julian Orchard, Nadia Regin, Sheila Staefel, Leon Thau, and Frank Thornton. An LP and a single BBC cassette were preserved from this work.

Date
Episode
Title
Cast
Parameters
Location
Status

1968-1969

?

An excerpt, probably from the LP or cassette, including Clive Dunn

 

29:08, 6064, M

M-CE-008

Ga

According to Radiohaha.com, several radio series were then produced on Radio 2 and Radio 4 in and after 1989. The radio series are catalogued here. Thirty episodes (1994:6, 1995:4, 1996:4, 1997:4, 1998:6, 1999:6) [Radio-ha-ha.com, episode dates from Wordaloud.com].

Date

Episode

Title

Cast

Parameters

Location

Status

18-Mar-1989
R7:
02-Jan-2005

S01e01

Psychological Mouse Trap
Case of 12 Red Bearded Dwarfs
Letter for the Day = “A”
Wretch vs. Wugwell Case

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:34, 27722, S

BBC 7 web

Ga

25-Mar-1989
R7:
09-Jan-2005

S01e02

Bird nesting in a hat?
Newts in Lord Shortcake’s trousers
Letter for the Day = “B”
Captain Foulenough, cat thief
Moonlight on Mrs. Parsons
Carstairs’ Trouser

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:15, 27433, S

BBC 7 web

Ga

01-Apr 1989
R7:
16-Jan-2005

S01e03

A Legal Announcement
Ear Flapping
Tale of Sawdust and Mrs. Wretch
Sporting News
Knockover School
Letter for the Day = “C”
Case of Rincewind vs. Milton

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:22, 27533, S

BBC 7 web

Ga

08-Apr 1989
R7:
19-Jul-2003
23-Jan-2005

S01e04

Shopping for Eggs in the Eastern Manner
Memoirs of a Serving Man
Street sweeping
Letter for the Day = “D”
Publishing Memoirs of  deCourcy Farenough
Cricket Is Not Taken Seriously
Elephants and Epitaphs

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:14, 27415, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

15-Apr 1989
R7:
26-Jul-2003
30-Jan-2005

S01e05

Tight Hats as Food Storage
Dr. Strabismus at Billiards
Hotel Superb Sues the Trio
Letter for the Day = “E”
Dear Dr. Rhubarb
Lodging Housekeepers and Civil Servants
Clever Angling

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:58, 27161, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

22-Apr 1989
R7:
02-Aug-2003
06-Feb-2005

S01e06

MPs Drawn from Hat / The Parliamentary Hat
Piano Concerts
Memoirs of a Serving Man: Searching for a Goldfish
Trombone Trouble
Percy Foulenough’s Art Gallery
Letter for the Day = “F”
Henry Blanckett Comes to Knockover
Dr. Strabismus Goes to the Moon

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:27, 27619, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

13-Jul-1991
R7:
26-Oct-2003
13-Feb-2005

S02e01

Visit to the Doctor
Down to the Sea
The Saucy Mrs Flobster Sold to Afghanistan
The Shopwalker’s Daughter
Fleet Street Fashion Parade
The Marine House Hotel
Letter for the Day = “G”

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:00, 27201, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

20-Jul-1991
R7:
20-Feb-2005

S02e02

Motorised Tie / Musical Misadventures
Rhinoceros Poaching
Starridge vs. Roxhome Hydraulic Laundries
Tripe
Memoirs of a Serving Man: Head Aquarium Keeper
Polo Pony and the Conservatory
Letter for the Day = “H”

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:47, 26996, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

27-Jul-1991
R7:
27-Feb-2005

S02e03

Nature Notes / “Mutton Fluff”
St. Ethelfrith’s – Dr. Smart Aleck and Miss Topsy Turvy
Dr. Strabismus – International Exhibition
Mr. Milk: Flowers in Amber and the Capstanley Suite
Letter for the Day = “IKL”

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:05, 27282, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

03-Aug-1991
R7:
06-Mar-2005

S02e04

A Testimonial from a Listener
A New Kind of Leapfrog
Bigwhite Carstairs Hoisted with the Flag and Coronation Precedence
Mouse Hats
Letter for the Day = “M”
Mr Roland Milk Visiting the USSR
Dr. Strabismus Goes Grouse Hunting

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:12, 27380, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

10-Aug-1991
R7:
13-Mar-2005

S02e05

The Life of Henry Pouch
Women wearing false beards
Pickney St. Vitus through the Ages
Knockover vs. Eton in football
Mr. Justice Cocklecarrot’s private life
Hats with or without brims
Letter for the Day = “N”

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:53, 27079, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga

17-Aug-1991
R7:
20-Mar-2005

S02e06

Wessex Capmen, Third Volume
Lord Shortcake employs a tutor for Mortimer
Dr. Strabismus catches herring and tames a plaice
Letter for the Day “O”
Talking like the advertisements
The Circus pursues Mrs. Wretch’s return
Steam engine and rolling stock mimicry

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:47, 26992, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga


R7:
03-Apr-2005

S03e01

Mosquito Trap
Knockover Starts a New Term with a new Foulenough
Letter for the Day “P”
A Cautionary Tale
Cooking in Hats
Contemporary Arts

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, June Whitfield, John Sessions, Joan Sims, Patricia Routledge, Simon Greenall, Brian Bowles, Henrietta Garten
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:37, 26838, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga


R7:
10-Apr-2005

S03e02

Unsolicited Mail and Answers to Correspondence
Mrs. Butterscotch sells mackerel fin pen wipers
Letter for the Day “R”
A 138-year old woman “never” sees a train
Geraldine Blazer, belle of the Southern Command

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, June Whitfield, John Sessions, Joan Sims, Patricia Routledge, Simon Greenall, Brian Bowles, Henrietta Garten
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:57, 27148, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga


R7:
17-Apr-2005

S03e03

 Drinking Champagne from a slipper
Mrs. Wretch’s daughter gets engaged
Letter for the Day “S”
Big White Carstairs imports a bankrupt hunt
Answers to Correspondence
Alone with Nature in Surrey
Milk cows
Conversation of sailors
Dr. Strabismus invents a circular spoon

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, June Whitfield, John Sessions, Joan Sims, Patricia Routledge, Simon Greenall, Brian Bowles, Henrietta Garten
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

28:47, 26999, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga


R7:
24-Apr-2005

S03e04

 Bringing in the Olde Snedge
Colonel Eggham in Tibet
Letter for the Day “S, part two”
Dr. Strabismus invents an asbestos match
Cigarette card collections and Sheep nose printing

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, June Whitfield, John Sessions, Joan Sims, Patricia Routledge, Simon Greenall, Brian Bowles, Henrietta Garten
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:06, 27297, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga


R7:
01-May-2005

S03e05

      • Are You Obese?
        A Beard from the Horse’s Mouth
        A New Head Matron at Knockover
        Letter for the Day “T”
        The Case of the False Beard
        Listeners’ Personal Advertisements

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, June Whitfield, John Sessions, Joan Sims, Patricia Routledge, Simon Greenall, Brian Bowles, Henrietta Garten
Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
Announced by Brian Perkins
Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

29:14, 27415, S

PC D/L
BBC 7 web

Ga


R7:
08-May-2005

S03e06

Dr Strabismus and an Artificial Wig
Dead Man’s Alibi – Inspector Jack Malpractice
Personal Advertisements
Memoirs of a Serving Man – Hobbies and By Elections
Letter for the Day “UVW”

  • Richard Ingrams, John Wells, June Whitfield, John Sessions, Joan Sims, Patricia Routledge, Simon Greenall, Brian Bowles, Henrietta Garten
    Written by Michael Garfield and Richard Ingrams
    Announced by Brian Perkins
    Adapted by Michael Garfield, Produced by Liz Thompson

    29:03, 27240, S

    PC D/L
    BBC 7 web

    Ga

    The Adventures of Mr Thake

    Letters, out of print since the 1930s, sent to JB Morton's columnist Beachcomber from the calamitous travels abroad of fictional upper-class twit, Oswald Bletisloe Hattersley Thake [from BBC R4 web site]

    Date

    Episode

    Title

    Cast

    Parameters

    Location

    Status

    14-Jul-2009 to
    16-Jul-2009

     

    • Thake on the Riviera

    • Thake in America

    • Thake and the French Widow

    read by Leslie Phillips
    abridged and produced by Neil Cargill

    13:40, 12823, S
    13:50, 12977, S
    13:54, 13041, S

    BBC R4

    G