Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Pat, Fiona and Mrs Slocombe's pussy

I wake up most morning's with Pat in my bedroom. She's almost part of the family.

However today I was shocked.

In between interviewing Kevin Byne and Val Schier, ABC's Pat Morrish was trying to read a question about the British TV show Are you being served? in her morning radio quiz.

Pat tried several times to get a question out for her listeners. Then she got the giggles. Her producer Fiona jumped in and saved the moment. "Pat's on the floor right now," she exclaimed.

And the question: What's the name of Mrs Slocombe's pussy?

In the TV show, Mrs Slocombe often referred to "my pussy". It was the source of many a double entendre.

No matter how many times she tried, Pat couldn't utter the "p" word. Pat got the giggles. The microphone was repeatedly cut, in order to block her uncontrollably laughter. I don't think I've ever heard her loose it before. It was hysterical radio.

I dare say the ABC staffroom is having a great chuckle this morning about the consummate broadcaster's moment of public mirth. She's not only human, she's our Pat.

This year Pat Morrish celebrates 26 years in public broadcasting. She will retire and smell the roses at the end of August.

By the way, it was Tiddles.

2 comments:

ian said...

yes, this was so funny. Pat is a lovely woman and I will miss her oh-sweet tones.
When I watch RUBeing Served now and other shows from that time the effect is quite odd in that it returns me like a time-machine back to the 70s, not in a light way but a deep way.

Anonymous said...

Sad Pat Morrish is retiring, unbiased journos with an interest and love of FNQ are rare indeed,i am sure all in our community wish Pat the best. BLOGGERBOB