Paul Shane - Hi-de-Hi! Jul 31, 2013 14:33:26 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Jul 31, 2013 14:33:26 GMT 1
Paul Shane (19 June 1940 – 16 May 2013) was an English comedian and actor, best known for his television work, in particular playing the part of Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi! a sitcom broadcast on the BBC in the mid 1980s. Between 1995 and 1997, he played Jack Skinner in two series of Oh, Doctor Beeching!. Subsequently, he appeared most frequently in theatre, but also enjoyed recurring roles in television series Holby City and Emmerdale.
Shane was born as George Frederick Speight in Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, near Rotherham. He originally worked as a miner, but had an accident at Silverwood Colliery in 1967 by slipping in the pit-head baths on some soap, resulting in double herniated discs, and he was pensioned off from the pit at the age of 27. Two years later, he made the decision to become a professional entertainer since he already had ten years' experience as a part-time entertainer around the pubs and clubs in South Yorkshire.
His first appearance, as a straight singer, was at the Grafton pub (now demolished) on St. Ann's Road, Rotherham. His first club booking was at St. Ann's Club in Rotherham, for thirty shillings (£1.50). His transformation from singer to comedian was a gradual one, starting with his rendition of Green Green Grass of Home, straight at first, but ultimately a hilarious send-up of Tom Jones, which marked the start of the Paul Shane act.
Small parts and guest appearances in television series began to materialise throughout the 1970s, and, in May 1979, comedy writer Jimmy Perry spotted Shane playing Frank Roper in a 1979 episode of Coronation Street, and offered him the part of Ted Bovis in his new holiday-camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. The series ran from 1980 through until 1988, when Perry and co-writer David Croft penned the pilot episode of You Rang, M'Lord?, and invited Shane to play Alf Stokes. The show ran until 1993.
Shane died at a hospice in Rotherham on 16 May 2013 after a short period of ill health, aged 72.