The girlfriend is voiced by Wendy Richard - who got a princely 15 quid for the session and no royalties.
Mike Sarne went on to greater things including directing a couple of movies and having a fling with Brigitte Bardot. He failed to grace the cricket field.
Wendy Richard became Miss Brahms in the sit-com Are You Being Served? This was never a favourite show of FB's who never understood why she was called Miss Brahms - she bore no resemblance to the great German romantic composer. But Wendy Richard achieved Test Match Status as Pauline Fowler in Eastenders. From glamourpuss to harridan. And what a miserable harridan she was.
His worldwide readership may find it surprising to learn that FB was a fan of this show for many years. However after many years of grinding misery, many accidental and improbable deaths, many inexplicable returns of characters best forgotten, he gave it up. He had been waiting too long for a cricket based story to emerge. It never came and FB gave it up.
|Wendy Richard in Eastenders|
In 1962 though, things were different. Cricket would have featured. The lyrics of the song tell us that. But cricket was very different too as can be seen from 2 developments that happened that year. 1962 saw the last ever Gentlemen v Players fixtures - one at Lords which was a draw and one at Scarborough which the Players won by 7 wickets. The Gentleman's teams in these fixtures were high quality outfits with Ted Dexter, MJK Smith, Trevor Bailey, David Sheppard and Tony Lewis in the team. Fred Trueman, who played in both fixtures as a player said that the fixture was a ludicrous business and was thankfully abolished. It is hard to disagree.
Come outside, there's a lovely moon out there.