Dick Emery At ITV, 1979 – 1980

By 1979, still at the height of his popularity Dick Emery decided to move from the BBC to ITV.  It was a move that proved to be short-lived as he returned to the BBC in 1980.

Whilst at ITV Emery produced three one off specials: The Dick Emery Comedy Hour in 1979, The Dick Emery Special also in 1979 and The Dick Emery Hour in 1980 and it is these three specials that this post is all about.


Dick Emery takes centre stage for an evening of sketches music and special guests.

The Dick Emery Comedy Hour, 1979

Sketches included:

‘Keep Fit’, ‘Vicar Wine Tasting’, ‘Loading a Cannon’, ‘Sleeping Beauty Act III’, ‘Attic Memories’, ‘Dick Emery’s Fun Book’, ‘Ada and Herbert’, ‘Bert Plans a Trip to Mars’, plus music from guests Brooks, and Lulu.

The Dick Emery Special, 1979

‘Kiss Me Hardy’, ‘Who’d Wanna be a Dancer’ dance number, ‘Hulk Goes for an Interview’, ‘The Man About the Rats’, ‘The Beast and the Snowflake Princess’ ballet, ‘Napoleon and Jospehine’, ‘Eastern Interlude’, ‘Percy and Frieda’, ‘Sir Leyland of Longbridge’, plus music from The Three Degrees, harpist Annabel, and Gemma Craven.

The Dick Emery Hour, 1980

Sketches included:

‘The Car Wash’, ‘The Great Wooden Colditz Escape from Stalag Fifteen Story, R.N..’, ‘A Very Good Year’, ‘The Brewery Sales Director’, ‘Bert and the Problem of Unprovoked Violence and Crime’, ‘In Bed with D’Artagnon’s Wife’, ‘Park Bench Trouble’, and ‘Grandma’s Feather Bed’.  All this and a musical guest appearance by Linda Carter.






Starring: Dick Emery and a host of special guests


Channel: ITV
Produced By: Thames Television
Original Transmission Dates:
The Dick Emery Comedy Hour: 6th June, 1979
The Dick Emery Special: 26th December, 1979
The Dick Emery Comedy Hour: 3rd December,1980

Related Posts