Rory makes the right impression

Isle of Man Newspapers Awards For Excellence 2010''Rory Bremner
Isle of Man Newspapers Awards For Excellence 2010''Rory Bremner

A TOP comedian is hoping to make the right impression after being lined up as the latest addition to the 2012 programme at the Spa.

Rory Bremner – who boasts a repertoire of more than 100 characters and is well known for his satirical collaborations with John Bird and John Fortune – is due to appear at the Spa Theatre on Monday May 7.

Cllr David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s tourism portfolio holder, is due to make the announcement at Friday’s meeting of the full council.

In his report he said: “A number of shows and events have now been confirmed for the 2012 season including Rory Bremner, Scarborough Jazz Festival and two special events with the BBC One’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow filming for its 35th series at Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall, on Thursday 3 May.

“In addition Lesley Garrett will be appearing with the Spa Orchestra in September.”

He added that the Spa has hosted a New Years Day concert, as part of the Spa Orchestra’s Centenary Year, which was attended by more than 800 people.

In his report Cllr Jeffels said: “In addition, working with the orchestra the works to refurbish the Spa Music Library has now been completed accommodating the music collection.”

Grimethorpe Colliery Band played in the Grand Hall last month with more than 650 people attending.

Rory Bremner is known as one of Britain’s sharpest impressionists and his unique brand of comedy and satire has sustained a highly successful career in radio and television for more than 25 years.

During the last two decades he has appeared in many of the top TV comedy shows including: Spitting Image, Whose Line is it Anyway, Have I got News For You, Mock the Week, and QI.

His satirical programmes, together with John Bird and John Fortune, have been broadcast on Channel 4 since 1992 and have won a total of four BAFTAs and three RTS awards.

He is also in demand as a columnist for newspapers and magazines, a documentary presenter and one of the country’s leading after-dinner speakers.

The Scarborough edition of the Antiques Roadshow will see presenter Fiona Bruce and her team of experts visit the Spa Grand Hall.

It will be the first time the programme has been filmed in the town since 2003 – on that occasion more than 1.500 people took their antiques along to have them valued by a team of 20 experts.

The most famous breakage on the show occurred in the 1980s after a young viewer wrote to Jimmy Savile asking if he would “fix it” for her to accidentally smash a seemingly-valuable vase. This was screened as part of a regular edition of the Antiques Roadshow, as well as in the Jim’ll Fix It episode.

It began in 1977 when a local television crew filmed a valuation day held by one of the London auction houses in the West Country.