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Alexei Sayle: The 006 from Liverpool to London

19 January 1984
... from BBC Enterprises).The scene. Skelhorne Street Bus Station. Liverpool dateline: September 1984. ALEXEI SAYLE is standing by a modern coach.ALEXEI: Now in these modern times intercity coaches are luxurious affairs, fitted with big powerful engines, reclining seats, videos, dinner served complete with ...

The Comic Strip

Ian Hamilton

3 September 1981
... offering next door. The Comic Strip’s compère and guiding star is a Meard Street veteran called Alexei Sayle, a portly, spring-heeled Liverpudlian with a convict haircut, a Desperate Dan chin and an Oliver Hardy silkette suit well-buttoned at his bulging gut. A rock version of the theme from Crossroads starts the show, and ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: Princess Di and Laura Palmer

22 January 2004
... doesn’t have many subscribers, but which I happen to like, was put forward by the comedian Alexei Sayle in the title story of his first collection, Barcelona Plates (2000). Remember the white Fiat Uno said to have pranged the doomed Mercedes in the underpass, the white Fiat Uno with a dog on the back seat, which police were unable to trace? In ...

Chinaberry Pie

D.A.N. Jones

1 March 1984
Modern Baptists 
by James Wilcox.
Secker, 239 pp., £7.95, January 1984, 9780436570988
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Speranza 
by Sven Delblanc, translated by Paul Britten Austin.
Secker, 153 pp., £7.95, February 1984, 9780436126802
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High Spirits 
by Robertson Davies.
Penguin, 198 pp., £2.50, January 1984, 0 14 006505 9
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Hanabeke 
by Dudley St John Magnus.
Angus and Robertson, 133 pp., £6.95, January 1984, 0 207 14565 2
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Train to Hell 
by Alexei Sayle.
Methuen, 152 pp., £7.95, February 1984, 0 413 52460 4
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The English Way of Doing Things 
by William Donaldson.
Weidenfeld, 229 pp., £7.95, January 1984, 0 297 78345 9
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... James Wilcox’s charming comedy is set in rural Louisiana, among people who read the Bible in an engagingly amateurish way, associating religion with the conventions about drinking and dancing enforced by their anxious parents, and sometimes tempted to ‘modernise’ their lives, while still seeking God’s guidance. These lively middle-aged innocents of the 1980s seem like naughty English choirboys and girls of the 1940s ...

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