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Robert suggests you Carry On stuffing your stockings with Goodies this Christmas!
So; who has finished their Chrimbo shopping yet then? Good. Me neither. And, as if the word subtle had never been invented, I can suggest some interesting gifts to load up the stockings of your loved ones.

I’ve just about done the entire length and breath of the country in terms of radio interviews to promote the Goodies Rule OK book. I have heard Funky Gibbon more times than any man should have to. Although I have to say congrats to the occasional station who went for the more obscure tracks from the songwriting genius of Bill Oddie.
Terrapins anyone?
Oh well, please yourself.

The fruits of my manic carrying on are about to be unleashed.On 6th November, Granada Ventures release a stonking interactive DVD, Carry On Quizzing. Hosted with lip-smacking campery by the divine Richard O’Brien, this features clips, questions and head-scratching quotations covering the entire history of the series from Carry On Sergeant in 1958 right up to the on-going saga that is Carry On London.

And for those of you who just can’t get enough Carrying On, the Ultimate DVD box set hits the shops on 20th November. Combining the previously available special edition Rank Organisation classics from Don’t Lose Your Head to Carry On Emmannuelle, alongside newly polished special editions of the first twelve films, this is a 30 film collection that will leave you gasping. Among the extras are the definitive television documentary, What’s A Carry On?, June Whitfield’s On Location featurette, an original on-set piece from Carry On Henry with Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Terry Scott interviews, all 13 episodes of the 1975 ITV situation comedy Carry On Laughing, an on-location interview with Phil Silvers from Follow That Camel, trailers, stills galleries, in-depth production notes and feature-length commentaries for all the films. Moderated by me and the best job I have ever had, among the names taking part include Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbins, Patrick Mower, Jack Douglas, Angela Douglas, Amanda Barrie, Dora Bryan, Leslie Phillips, Liz Fraser, Valerie Leon, the late Patsy Rowlands and Richard O’Sullivan.

And, at long last, I have put the Kenneth Williams CD collection for EMI to bed. Still no news whether this will be released before Christmas…so more information on this one, next time.

For those Monty Python nuts out there. Hello! If you have recovered from the reunion joy of seeing Terry G, Terry J, Mike Palin and Eric Idle at the Spamalot West End launch, you might want to tune in to Channel 4 on 11th November. The documentary, What the Pythons Did Next, takes a look at the six careers between Holy Grail and Life of Brian, and features interviews with Neil Innes, Andrew Sachs, Tim Brooke-Taylor and me.

I’m hoping to be joined by Tim, Graeme Garden and others at the GMex Collectormania event over the weekend of 18th and 19th November. If you are in the area come on over and say ‘hello’.

Until next time…
Have fun….

Robert Ross

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