Good Morning, World (1967-68, CBS) was created by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff, two of the head writers of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and as a multi-camera sitcom in an era when most of the shows were single camera, comparisons with the aforementioned show were inevitable. (The pair also created That Girl.) The show starred Joby Baker as Dave Lewis, a Los Angeles disc jockey who hosted “The Lewis And Clarke Show” with his best friend Larry Clarke (Ronnie Schell). Dave was married to Linda (Julie Parrish) and the series, like Van Dyke’s, split its time between the home and the office. Meanwhile, Larry was a swinging bachelor and had a casual relationship with the Lewis’ next door neighbor, Sandy Kramer, played by a young Goldie Hawn in her first role. Rounding out the cast was Billy De Wolfe as prissy station manager, Roland Hutton, Jr.
Call me a big softie, but I find the close bond between Judith Anderson’s Minx Lockridge and her granddaughter Laken (Julie Ronnie) on Santa Barbara very touching. Poor Laken has selfish, mercurial Augusta for a mother, which makes her relationship with Minx all the more important and precious.
Grandmother and granddaughter may look happy now, but later in the episode they’ll discover that Augusta, during one of her Cruella de Vil moments, has cooked Laken’s pet carrier pigeon (yes, really!) and served it to them…
Tom in costume as Ronnie Kray, filming Legend on July 13, 2014 in London. That's Charley Merkell facing the camera in the second to last photo, and Taron Egerton next to Tom in the bottom pic. They all look fantastic!
Tom had on a three-piece green suit and a cigar in his mouth as he stepped out of a vintage Mercedes with two flunkies while filming for the upcoming British crime drama in a posh street in central London.
Emmerdale spoilers: Aaron Dingle rushes to help Lawrence White as he suffers a total breakdown
He’s called to the scene by Sam Dingle next week.
Emmerdale’s Aaron Dingle will rush to Lawrence White’s rescue next week after the Home Farm boss spirals completely out of control.
Viewers will see Lawrence hit rock bottom as his marriage to Bernice (Samantha Giles) finally falls apart due to his past connection with Ronnie Hale.
Kicking off next Monday (July 11), a hugely turbulent week for Lawrence will see Bernice lose hope for their future and walk out on him.
Things then get even worse when Chrissie (Louise Marwood) publicly discovers Ronnie’s true identity, which leads to gossip spreading around the village about Lawrence’s sexuality.
Chrissie and Lachlan (Thomas Atkinson) both try to reassure Lawrence that they don’t care if he’s gay, but he’s convinced that everyone is whispering about him and his behaviour soon takes a shocking turn as a result.
After kicking Chrissie and Lachlan out of Home Farm, Lawrence hits the bottle and even threatens to shoot Ronnie (John McArdle) when he pays a visit - blowing a hole in his windscreen to warn him off.
When Sam Dingle (James Hooton) later sees Lawrence shooting a picture of Bernice, he’s hugely concerned and texts Aaron in the hope that he can help.
Aaron (Danny Miller) is quick to arrive on the scene and manages to wrestle the shotgun from Lawrence.
Aaron then takes a kinder approach by trying to convince Lawrence that he’ll be truly happy if he just accepts who he is, but Lawrence fires back by spitefully warning that Aaron’s own partner Robert Sugden hasn’t truly changed.
John Bowe, who plays Lawrence, explained: “Lawrence has been desperate to save his marriage. It’s been under attack because of Chrissie searching for her father.
"There have been suspicions about Lawrence’s sexuality too, and this is compounded by Andy’s meddling and his confused understanding of what’s actually going on.
"This all sends Bernice into a state, as she’s trying to find out what the truth is. When Andy pushes his theory, Bernice even steals Lawrence’s phone and decides to place Ronnie in the hotel instead of herself for a romantic mini-break they have booked.”
Asked whether Lawrence still has feelings for Ronnie, Bowe replied: “Obviously there are memories, because they did have a relationship 40 or 50 years ago. Memories have resurfaced of that, but it was a much more complicated relationship than just wild love.
"It was all to do with Lawrence’s recovery after his time in prison, the aversion therapy and the rest of the torture that he went through there. That messed up his sexuality and perhaps left him sexless.
"Although he has a huge capacity for love and devotion, he can’t manifest it physically. What’s happening now reminds him of that whole experience. When he’s trapped in that hotel room with Ronnie, he goes back to it in his mind and relives it, which is a terrible experience for him.
"This is all harrowing for Lawrence and it’s compounded by Bernice leaving and Chrissie finding out - in public - who Ronnie is. Unfortunately Lawrence is there as this is revealed to the village. He suffers embarrassment in front of everybody and he goes over the edge.
"Lawrence has been through so much, so it’s no surprise he goes over the edge, really. He starts wreaking havoc on himself and on everybody around him, even those he loves most dearly. He’s fuelled by alcohol, remorse, unhappiness, resentment, and a lot of self-pity. I’m afraid that he turns Home Farm into the mess that is actually going on inside his head too.”
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
July 4th 1984, 30 years ago, The King won his 200th and final race with President Reagan in attendance at Daytona. He won by inches over Cale Yarborough. Picture of The King, his late wife Linda and Uncle Ronnie.
The King turned 77 July 2, Long live the King!!!!!