The Original Working Class Bloke
About time too... Arthur Haynes was a contemporary of Tony Hancock but was so much funnier. With Nicholas Parsons as his straight man the sketches are a joy to watch. Haynes, who couldn't help corpsing years before Dudley Moore did it, regularly turned Parsons into a giggling heap. Haynes' comic persona was that of the original working class bloke. Johnny Speight wrote the shows before he created the equally working class Steptoe and Son. Credit must also go to Paul Merton for ensuring Haynes has remained unforgotten at least for the last two decades....a must!