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* BitingTheHandHumor: Many, many jokes are made at the expense of the Beeb. Especially the then-new BBC 2. Many, ''many'' jokes.



* ICouldHaveBeenAContender: Several sketches have Kenneth Williams "breaking character" to whine about his part in the sketch isn't doing his career any good.

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* ICouldHaveBeenAContender: ICouldveBeenAContender: Several sketches have Kenneth Williams "breaking character" to whine about his part in the sketch isn't doing his career any good.



* MoralGuardians: The series fell afoul of them. Including at least one MP who was outraged by their making a joke about Queen Victoria.

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* MoralGuardians: The series fell afoul of them. Including at least one MP who was outraged by their making a joke about Queen Victoria.Victoria, and arch-Moral Guardian Mary Whithouse.


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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: One sketch ends with Horne assuring listeners that the people depicted were "alive or dead or Kenneth Williams."


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* ForTheEvulz: One of Chou's schemes has him making rockets to launch cold porridge into the atmosphere because... well, what else is he supposed to do with several hundred pounds of cold porridge?



* HearingVoices: Gruntfuttock claims he is led by "the voices" to his latest odd action. Funnily enough, they usually only start speaking to him after he's left the pub...



* ICouldveBeenAContender: One episode has Kenneth Williams "breaking character" to whine about his part in the sketch isn't doing his career any good.

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* ICouldveBeenAContender: One episode has ICouldHaveBeenAContender: Several sketches have Kenneth Williams "breaking character" to whine about his part in the sketch isn't doing his career any good.


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** Rambling Syd Rumpo's entire purpose is to say nonsensical words which, in his hands, sound either silly or suspiciously dirty. Or both.


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* MoralGuardians: The series fell afoul of them. Including at least one MP who was outraged by their making a joke about Queen Victoria.


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* {{Pun}}: Any introduction of Doctor Chou-En Ginsberg begins with him going "Ah, Horne" and being met with the response "ah, Chou".

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* AuthorityInNameOnly: His Holiness, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock the First, of the Kingdom of Peasemoldia, a micro-nation consisting of his house and some of the surrounding neighbourhood, and a citizenship of three citizens, Gruntfuttock himself included.


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* BrutalHonesty: One of the Secret Spy sketches deals with a horrific outbreak of Truth, so newscasters commenting on society weddings comment on how much they hate everyone involved, and judges admit to their own crimes in court. Naturally, it's the work of Chou-En Ginsberg.


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* EvilIsPetty: Doctor Chou-En Ginsberg starts blocking out BBC Radio because they wouldn't give him a job.


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* HypocriticalHumour: Just as Citizen Grunt-Futtock's wife is insisting he's a lovely man, he screams at her to shut up.
* ICouldveBeenAContender: One episode has Kenneth Williams "breaking character" to whine about his part in the sketch isn't doing his career any good.


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* JapaneseRanguage: Played appallingly straight with Doctor Chou-En Ginsberg.


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* MediumAwareness: Especially in the Kenneth Horne, Secret Spy sketches.


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* PreviouslyOn: Spoofed. The "previously on" segments have nothing to do with whatever happened last week, and are divorced from all sanity, inevitably ending with a disparaging introduction for Horne.


* IReadItForTheArticles: One of the running gags is Kenneth Horne mentioning some absurd and often vaguely smutty-sounding publication and claiming to read it for the crossword/spot the ball competion/etc.

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* IReadItForTheArticles: One of the running gags is Kenneth Horne mentioning some absurd and often vaguely smutty-sounding publication and claiming to read it for the crossword/spot the ball competion/etc.competition/etc.



** After the 'Julian and Sandy' bits, which always started by Kenneth Horne recounting why he walked into the business of the week, the show would sometimes come back to the present, with him finishing "... and that, Ladies and Gentlemen on the jury, is why I am standing here today" (or similar). What it was that the Julian and Sandy punchline caused the trial was never explained.

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** After the 'Julian and Sandy' bits, which always started by Kenneth Horne recounting why he walked into the business of the week, the show would sometimes come back to the present, with him finishing "... and that, Ladies and Gentlemen on the jury, is why I am standing here today" (or similar). What Why it was that the Julian and Sandy punchline caused the trial was never explained.



** Whenever a question is asked, it's followed by "Answers on a post card, care of the BBC..."

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** Whenever a question is asked, it's followed by "Answers on a post card, postcard, care of the BBC..."


* YellowPeril: Parodied with the villainous [[Franchise/FuManchu Dr Chou En Ginsberg, MA (failed)]] and his concubine, the lovely (but suspiciously deep-voiced) Lotus Blossom.

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* YellowPeril: Parodied with the villainous [[Franchise/FuManchu [[Literature/FuManchu Dr Chou En Ginsberg, MA (failed)]] and his concubine, the lovely (but suspiciously deep-voiced) Lotus Blossom.

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** Kenneth Williams and Barry Took said in the years since the show aired that all of Williams' "ad-libs," especially those complaining about the material, were actually in the script. None of your actual ad-libbing was ever in the show.


* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Julian and Sandy tried a new job every week while waiting for their acting careers to pick up. The standard set-up for their sketches was for Kenneth Horne to enter a shop or some other place of business and discover that, coincidentally, it was the place where Julian and Sandy were working this week.



* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Julian and Sandy tried a new job every week while waiting for their acting careers to pick up. The standard set-up for their sketches was for Kenneth Horne to enter a shop or some other place of business and discover that, coincidentally, it was the place where Julian and Sandy were working this week.


''Round the Horne'' was a 1960s British radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee, and their announcer Douglas Smith. The main writers were Barry Took and Creator/MartyFeldman. The show was a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Beyond Our Ken'', which had featured many of the same cast but a different head writer; when he left it was decided to revamp the series with a new title and characters.

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''Round the Horne'' was a 1960s British radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Creator/KennethWilliams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee, and their announcer Douglas Smith. The main writers were Barry Took and Creator/MartyFeldman. The show was a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Beyond Our Ken'', which had featured many of the same cast but a different head writer; when he left it was decided to revamp the series with a new title and characters.


* {{Doomy Dooms of Doom}}: Spasm the butler, in the recurring skit "The Clissold Saga", took every opportunity to declare that doom was upon them.

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* {{Doomy Dooms of Doom}}: DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Spasm the butler, in the recurring skit "The Clissold Saga", took every opportunity to declare that doom was upon them.

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-->"The other day, as I was glancing through my copy of ''Forbidden Flesh Weekly'' - ''(pause for scandalised laughter from the audience)'' - it's a vegetarian magazine..."

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* TheDividual: Julian and Sandy always appear and act together.


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* FictionalHoliday: The public service announcements often featured unusual festivals and commemorations, such as Immerse An Orangutan In Porridge Week.


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* IReadItForTheArticles: One of the running gags is Kenneth Horne mentioning some absurd and often vaguely smutty-sounding publication and claiming to read it for the crossword/spot the ball competion/etc.
-->"Recently I was leafing through my copy of ''Throw off Your Clothes and Live'' -- I buy it for the chess problems..."


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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Parodied with recurring villain Doctor Chou-En Ginsberg, M.A. (failed).


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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Kenneth Horne plays every part in his own voice, a fact often lampshaded in the script.


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* UnInstallment: One of the show's spoof dramas jumped from part one to part three, with the explanation that "you wouldn't have liked part two - it was all plot." On another occasion, a Three Musketeers spoof stretched over two shows; in the show after that, it was announced "At this point we were going to do The Three Musketeers part three... But we got fed up with that."


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* WhoWritesThisCrap: Sketches are often interrupted by a cast member, usually Kenneth Williams, complaining about the quality of the script or that he's been given a part that doesn't allow him to show off the full range of his talents.


''Round the Horne'' was a 1960s British radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee, and their announcer Douglas Smith. The main writers were Barry Took and Marty Feldman. The show was a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Beyond Our Ken'', which had featured many of the same cast but a different head writer; when he left it was decided to revamp the series with a new title and characters.

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''Round the Horne'' was a 1960s British radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee, and their announcer Douglas Smith. The main writers were Barry Took and Marty Feldman.Creator/MartyFeldman. The show was a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Beyond Our Ken'', which had featured many of the same cast but a different head writer; when he left it was decided to revamp the series with a new title and characters.



* BawdySong: Rambling Syd Rumpo.

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* BawdySong: Rambling Syd Rumpo.Rumpo's songs.



* {{Doomy Dooms of Doom}}: Spasm the butler, in the recurring skit "The Clissold Saga"

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* {{Doomy Dooms of Doom}}: Spasm the butler, in the recurring skit "The Clissold Saga"Saga", took every opportunity to declare that doom was upon them.



* LarynxDissonance: Lotus Blossom

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* LarynxDissonance: Lotus BlossomBlossom, played by Hugh Paddick with a deep raspy voice.



* {{Parody}}: Everything from ''MobyDick'' to ''BriefEncounter''. The plays Charles and Fiona star in are caricatures of NoelCoward's style.

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* {{Parody}}: Everything from ''MobyDick'' ''Literature/MobyDick'' to ''BriefEncounter''. ''Film/BriefEncounter''. The plays Charles and Fiona star in are caricatures of NoelCoward's Creator/NoelCoward's style.



* ShoutOut: [[TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest "A handbaaaag?"]]

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* ShoutOut: [[TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest [[Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest "A handbaaaag?"]]



* StrappedToAnOperatingTable

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* StrappedToAnOperatingTableStrappedToAnOperatingTable: Occurs in a horror movie parody.
-->'''Female Victim:''' Why have you strapped me to this operating table?\\
'''Mad Scientist:''' Call it an old man's whim.\\
'''Female Victim:''' All right -- why have you strapped me to this old man's whim?



* UnusualEuphemism

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* UnusualEuphemismUnusualEuphemism: Rambling Syd Rumpo's act was peppered with invented words that sounded in context like they were euphemisms for something.



* YellowPeril: Parodied with the villainous [[FuManchu Dr Chou En Ginsberg, MA (failed)]] and his concubine, the lovely (but suspiciously deep-voiced) Lotus Blossom.

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* YellowPeril: Parodied with the villainous [[FuManchu [[Franchise/FuManchu Dr Chou En Ginsberg, MA (failed)]] and his concubine, the lovely (but suspiciously deep-voiced) Lotus Blossom.


* NoodleIncident: After the 'Julian and Sandy' bits, which always started by Kenneth Horne recounting why he walled into the business of the week, the show would often come back to the present, with him finishing "... and that, Ladies and Gentlemen on the jury, is why I am standing here today" (or similar). What it was that the Julian and Sandy punchline caused the trial was never explained.
** Answers to Last Weeks Questions veered into this territory. What the questions were to cause such outlandish answers was never revealed.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
** Answers to Last Week's Questions often ventured into this territory. What the questions were to cause such outlandish answers was never revealed.
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After the 'Julian and Sandy' bits, which always started by Kenneth Horne recounting why he walled walked into the business of the week, the show would often sometimes come back to the present, with him finishing "... and that, Ladies and Gentlemen on the jury, is why I am standing here today" (or similar). What it was that the Julian and Sandy punchline caused the trial was never explained.
** Answers to Last Weeks Questions veered into this territory. What the questions were to cause such outlandish answers was never revealed.
explained.

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* NoodleIncident: After the 'Julian and Sandy' bits, which always started by Kenneth Horne recounting why he walled into the business of the week, the show would often come back to the present, with him finishing "... and that, Ladies and Gentlemen on the jury, is why I am standing here today" (or similar). What it was that the Julian and Sandy punchline caused the trial was never explained.
** Answers to Last Weeks Questions veered into this territory. What the questions were to cause such outlandish answers was never revealed.

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* BrickJoke: So very many.

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