Nightmare for family as umpire comes to stay

Young Toby Harrison's unusual hobby brought a nightmare for his unsuspecting family as a friendless umpire took advantage.
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On this day in cricket, 28 May 1978

Ray Illingworth's chat show dropped.

Yorkshire Television's top brass thought that the formula of a cricket loving Yorkshireman, special guests and musical interludes would increase their share of viewing figures and attract greater levels of lucrative advertising revenue. Spurred on by the success of Parkinson on the BBC they started the search for a suitable candidate.
It didn't take them long before one name started cropping up more and more ... Raymond IIlingworth.
He was the right age, looked a little 'lived-in 'and had the right number of syllables. It couldn't fail.
Unluckily for the Leeds based ITV station Parkinson had just started a brand new run of shows and was boasting an impressive line up of some of the world's biggest star names: Muhammad Ali, Burton and Taylor, David Niven; as well as wits and raconteurs such as Billy Connolly, Peter Ustinov and Kenneth Williams.
Instead of Billy Connolly Illingworth had Brian Conley. Instead of Muhammad Ali it was Bill Alley. Parky had Abba ... Illingworth had the Grumbleweeds.
The first show had guests Barry Leadbeater, 'family entertainer' Dickie Funn, Farmhouse Kitchen presenter Dorothy Sleightholme and music from Lieutenant Pigeon.
After a couple of programmes it was clear the show was struggling against its higher profile rival on BBC1 .A disastrous final show involving Aussie wicket keeper Rod Marsh and his violent puppet Ossie the Ostrich brought the curtain down - literally - on a televisual nightmare.
'Talking over for Illy after ratings slump 'Televsion and Radio Monthly May 1978


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