Mike Yarwood Dies, Aged 82
Only last week we were talking about Saturday night TV legends and another post was due to go out today. Late Friday night news bulletins announced the death of comedian/impressionist Mike Yarwood.
Anyone who was around in the 1970’s will remember Mike Yarwood. He was one of the biggest TV stars of the time with his hit BBC shows a must see Saturday night show.
He was famous for his impressions of former prime ministers Harold Wilson and Ted Heath, as well as the then Prince Charles.
BBC director general Tim Davie described Yarwood as “simply one of the greats” and “one of Britain’s most loved performers”.
“From Harold Wilson to Frank Spencer, his legendary impressions were always pin sharp, warm and funny. We will remember them all with a smile,” he said.
Mike Yarwood created catchphrases which became identified with famous figures, even though they had never actually used them – including “silly Billy” for former Chancellor Denis Healey, “I mean that most sincerely, folks” for TV presenter Hughie Green and one e get asked about so many times from Frank Spencer “Ooh Betty, the cat’s done a whoopsie on the floor” yes that came from Mike Yarwood.