By the time the "Eighties" had arrived, Rita Webb had been
on our tv screens for 30 years, she may have still been a bit part
player but she was instantly recognised and adored everywhere she
More Benny Hill shows were added to her credits in 1980, she also
appeared in a children’s TV series which would be broadcast
shortly before her death in 1981.Six episodes of "Whizzkids
Guide" were recorded in 1980 and her good friend
and long-time screen partner in many a show "Arthur Mullard"
also appeared along with "Kenneth Williams", "Sheila
White" and "Patrick Newell" as the teacher. the cast
featured in sketch form on the cover of "Look-in" comic
although it was Arthur Mullard and Sheila White who took centre
stage as the cover stars of the TV-Times for the programmes premier
on ITV. And to think how great the cover would have been with Rita
Rita joined in the fun and games as "The Genie of the lamp"
in a quick guest appearance in "Larry
Grayson's Generation Game" popping her head out
of the gold lamp she joyfully shouts at Larry "Hello Larry,
Happy Christmas" she is dressed in full pantomime gear and
joins in the fun and games, the whole cast are seen at the end of
the show waving goodbye.
One of Rita's last TV appearances came
in 1981, when she was interviewed by "Bob Langley" on
Night At The Mill". This interview is a testament
to Rita Webb's strength and love of life. She took centre stage
and fed the crowd what they wanted, "fun love and smiles",
telling them "If I mention the name 'Jeffie', that's my darling
husband, to whom I’ve been married for 41 years" She
looked "as fit as a fiddle", wearing her favourite green
Caftan, little did the viewers know that four months later she
would die of Cancer.
Her career may have ended by her untimely death in 1981, but years
after her death, she is still "making em’ laugh"
with the endless repeats of some of the finest shows she appeared
on that are broadcast all over the world!
"Saturday Night at The Mill" - 1981
80's TV Listings
The Jim Davidson Show-21.02.80, Thames
The Benny Hill Show-5.03.80,
Larry Grayson's Generation Game:25.12.80,
BBC Christmas Pantomime sketch
The Benny Hill Show-07.01.81,
3-2-1: Holidays Abroad-07.03.81,
Whizz Kids Guide:Cheat At Exams-01.04.81,
Whizz kids Guide:Cheat At Athletics-08.04.81,
Whizz Kids Guide:School Reports-15.04.81,
Whizz Kids Guide:How To Do Lines-22.04.81,
Whizz Kids Guide:School Books And School
Whizz Kids Guide:Winner Of Master Wit-06.05.81,
Saturday Night At The Mill-02.05.81,
Live From 2-17.06.81,Interview, Granada
Now For Nookie-22.06.81, Southern
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