Best Of British Variety Tour 2010: You'll Like it - Not a Lot, But You'll Like Daniels, Krankies and Little on 2010 Tour

Posted: 20th February 2010

Cast your mind back to the 70s for a moment - Flares, disco, glam-rock, strikes, British Rail sandwiches and Dave Lee Travis. I know, I know, sorry about the last image - how about Crackerjack and Sunday Night at the London Palladium on the telly? Well, if you haven't got a clue what I'm droning on about, then you are probably too young to appreciate the delights of the 3-day week and piles of rubbish awaiting collection. Hmmmm, maybe life isn't so different after 40 years after all.

As well as getting all excited about a Crackerjack pencil and hour-long cabaret shows on the goggle-box, we had magic shows and one of the purveyors of deception (apart from MPs of course), was Paul Daniels, the pint-sized Debbie McGee-cuddling and clever magician who worked his way up from nothing to prime-time TV within a few years. Now, he will head up the 'Best Of British Variety Tour 2010' which starts in the home of variety entertainment and events, Blackpool, on August 13th (the first of 3 performances - see below) and continues to Bournemouth, Clacton and several more until ending up in Buxton's Opera House on Sep 28th. Tickets vary in price but tend to be around the £30 mark with fees included.

Apart from Daniels, who has continued to tour despite being in his 70s, the bill includes The Grumbleweeds (a sort of folkier Barron Knights), The Krankies (a chaotic duo formed of husband and wife team, Ian and Janette - he's the tall one, she's the, um, shorter one dressed as a schoolboy), Syd Little (one half of popular comedy duo from the late 70s Little and Large), Dana (Irish singer who sang in the Eurovision and presented religiously-honed TV singing shows) and Christopher Biggins (forever-chuckling panto dame who seems to be on Celebrity Cash In The Attic whenever I stumble across it).

Now I know what you are thinking - who on Earth blah blah blah? Well I reckon simply thousands will turn up to these shows, particularly the seaside ones if the weather is good. Kids will love it and generations of all ages will relate to the good clean fun that was prevalent on screens in the 70s.

Paul Pledger