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Old 01-09-2008, 04:08 AM
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"It's a Royal Knockout" - British television charity event, 15 June 1987

I was recently reading a book about British royalty and it mentioned this television show called "It's a Royal Knockout" made by Prince Edward. It had the royals such as Princess Anne, Charles and Duchess of York dressed up in fancy constumes all yelling out things. Fergie shouts out "Give me a B...give me an L"

I also read that this episode was seen as an embarrassment by the majority of British people because the royals were really bad at being witty.

Then Prince Edward asked the press after the show what they thought of it and they all gave a nervous laugh and Edward stormed out of the conference sarcastically saying "Thanks for your enthusiasm".

I would just like to know what people thought of that episode (whoever saw it) and do you think it was right of the royals (Edward in particualr) to use his family connections like that?
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:23 AM
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It was bad bad bad......boy was it bad...

I wonder if they have it on YouTube? Perhaps give that a hit Australian, if you haven't already
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:39 AM
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YouTube has some of it (edit: how nifty, the forum automatically embeds).







I feel lucky I'm not old enough to remember that...
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:17 AM
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Basically it was a popular TV show that suddenly got this Royal slant. It usually involved Su Pollard running through custard avoiding people dressed as sumo wrestlers. Which Prince Edward was naturally drawn to so he organised it as part of his failed attempt to make a living in the television industry. The only one I actually felt sorry for was Princess Anne who tried her best but it obviously wasn't her thing. And then Edward did indeed throw a queeny strop after the show when the press didn't hand over an Oscar. As Madame Royal says - it was bad.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:25 AM
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I would just like to know what people thought of that episode (whoever saw it) and do you think it was right of the royals (Edward in particualr) to use his family connections like that?
It was absolutely terrible. A total humiliation for everyone concerned, Edward should have been confined to the dungeons for persuading the others to participate.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:30 AM
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I can imagine the phone conversations;

Edward : Anne, please do the show
Anne : No
Edward : Oh please. I did lend you my foundation last week
Anne : Oh alright then

Edward : Andrew, please do the show, Anne's doing it
Andrew : Will there be helicopters?
Edward : No but I'll throw in crazy golf
Andrew : YES!

Edward : Sarah, please do the show
Fergie : No
Edward : There'll be custard
Fergie : Where do I sign?

Now, on the other side of the coin, Edward did get some quite big names to take part. It was hosted by Les Dawson who was hugely popular and quite the star at the time. Su Pollard co-hosted and she was at the height of her fame. Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews, John Travolta, two of the Python team - all should have known better of course but it was a big deal back then.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:39 PM
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I am old enough to remember the Royal /Celebrity version of Its a Knockout (1987). While some celebrities such as comedians are indeed suited, I thought that the members of the royal family looked very out of place. I remember being relieved to hear that the Queen did not take part!
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:51 PM
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If I remember the other royals wanted to take part particular The Duke and Duchess of York and the Princess of Wales. Diana later pulled out due to prior arrangements, but they were all keen no arm pulling on Edward's side.
Actually the Royal Knockout made more money that year that Comedy Relief so it was not a big waste, the press made it out to be a real failure which financially if wasn't. It just was too perculiar and out of place. It just didn't mix - but it still raised money.
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On the charity side, yes it was a success. On the Royal side, it totally cheapened their image. I think it was a significant moment in the public losing respect for the RF to be honest.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:18 PM
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I admit it!! I watched it and bought the book that came out after. I figured someone had to.
It was not total torture but..
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:32 PM
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Personally I feel that it was ahead of its time. These days we applaud our celbrities and royals who go on reality shows. But I don't think that we were ready to see the royals acting like that. I think the biggest problem they were so uncertain how to act themselves. They never got into it, only Sarah really tried and then it looked so overboard.
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:08 PM
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Be happy that you missed it. I was cringing...I couldn't even get thru 15 minutes of it! I knew that the public backlash was going to be severe, and I was correct!
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Old 01-11-2008, 03:26 AM
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Personally I feel that it was ahead of its time. These days we applaud our celbrities and royals who go on reality shows. But I don't think that we were ready to see the royals acting like that. I think the biggest problem they were so uncertain how to act themselves. They never got into it, only Sarah really tried and then it looked so overboard.
I don't think we ever will see royals (at least in the UK) on reality shows, at least not while the Queen is alive. I think she'll find her voice should anyone propose such a thing again.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:40 AM
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Personally I feel that it was ahead of its time. These days we applaud our celbrities and royals who go on reality shows. But I don't think that we were ready to see the royals acting like that. I think the biggest problem they were so uncertain how to act themselves. They never got into it, only Sarah really tried and then it looked so overboard.
Ahead of it's time, I don't think so. It was very popular with some, when 'ordinary' people were on it, but I hope we never see any UK royals on a reality show!

Then again, I don't applaud celebrities or ordinary folk who feel the need to appear on such programmes.

It was a huge mistake, but something so typical of Edward!
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:16 AM
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On the charity side, yes it was a success. On the Royal side, it totally cheapened their image. I think it was a significant moment in the public losing respect for the RF to be honest.
I just looked at the youtube-snippets and must say that I understand Beatrixfans opinion. The Royals have their privileges and social position today because their ancestors in the Middle ages actually fought for their crown - I don't want to know what they would have thought about today's Royals in their merry costumes play merry games...
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:34 PM
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I watched and I liked it but then I come for a country without royalty so maybe my take on how they appeared is different.It was for charity sonething good did come of it.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:05 PM
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On the charity side, yes it was a success. On the Royal side, it totally cheapened their image. I think it was a significant moment in the public losing respect for the RF to be honest.
I never had the same respect for them either....I assume Queen Victoria and Queen Mary were spinning in their tombs...

I was never ever more shocked and appalled at viewing Royalty as when I saw "It's A Royal Knockout" in 1987.

What did it for me was viewing Princess Anne screaming....at humans...not horses. I still can't imagine Princess Anne speaking in nothing above dulcet, ladylike, tones.

...Fergie was in her element and Prince Andrew was just having too much fun and tomfoolery.

Prince Edward looked like a court jester in his costume. And then came his royal hissy fit. All this a little too soon in relation to his departure from the Royal Marines...

Yes, I can respect that it was all for fun and charity...but British Royalty should always be dignified. A lot what had been bought with generations upon generations of bloodshed and reverence for the Crown was squandered by John Travolta, Meatloaf and Margot Kidder...and Prince Edward.

If royalty should feel the need for pouncing about in costumes, they should leave that always to Princess Stephanie and her love for the circus ...
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:13 PM
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And then Edward did indeed throw a queeny strop after the show when the press didn't hand over an Oscar. As Madame Royal says - it was bad.



As Andrew Morton, who was there in the press room with the rest of the bored and beyond irritated journalists, said about Edward when he became upset and thus walked out:

He acted like a ballerina with a hole in his tights!
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OK I admit I saw it.........Royals Behaving Badly
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Yes, and Edward's never been able to forget about it, either. I don't think I'd like to be judged by what I did 20 years ago.
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