Game show legend Chris Tarrant added to Bristol’s Slapstick Festival lineup

TV legend Chris Tarrant will reunite with former stars of the classic show Tiswas at a comedy festival in Bristol.

The former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will be joined by fellow stars Bob Carolgees, John Gorman and Sally James to mark the show’s 40th anniversary ending its nine-year run.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Tiswas was one of the most watched Saturday morning shows and boosted the careers of Lenny Henry, Jasper Carrot and former Dr Who Sylvester McCoy.

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The anarchic show was famous for splashing fans in the studio with cream pies and buckets of water.

Major guests to appear on the show included rock stars like Robert Plant, Iron Maiden and The Pretenders.

Tarrant and his fellow Tiswas stars will reunite for the Slapstick festival in Bristol, celebrating silent and classic comedy.

They will share the stage at St George’s Bristol and discuss the show with Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Ideas.

Andrew Kelly said: “This event is a dream come true. I remember with great fondness Saturday mornings when I was young when Tiswas was on. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much.

“I can’t wait to welcome the Bucketeers. I just hope the Phantom Flan Flinger isn’t here!

Tiswas ran from 1974 to 1982 and Tarrant hosted 55 episodes. Billed as being for kids, its weekly mix of cartoons, sketches, live music, celebrity guests and anarchic pranks has made it as popular with teenagers as adults.

The single The Bucket of Water Song, performed by Carolgees, Gorman, James and Tarrant (AKA The Four Bucketeers) reached the Top 30 and resulted in an appearance on Top of the Pops.

The evening at St George’s Bristol will culminate with Team Tiswas receiving the Comedy Legacy Medal from Slapstick, recognizing comedy building on the work of great comedians of the silent film era.

Anarchic TV show Tiswas was famous for his pranks, including throwing cream pies and buckets of water at the audience

Tiswas: The Reunion is a co-production of Bristol Ideas and Slapstick and all proceeds will go to Children’s Hospice South West.

The show is one of more than 20 staged by Slapstick this year. Others include its annual festival, January 26-30, and events with Barry Cryer, Andy Day, Lee Mack and Tim Vine at the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton on Sunday March 27.

Tickets for Tiswas: The Reunion on April 16 are now on sale here.

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