The Phantom Raspberry Blower

The Phantom Raspberry Blower

"The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town" was a serial written by Spike Milligan and Ronnie Barker that ran every week on The Two Ronnies sketch show in 1976 on BBC One. It featured a Jack the Ripper style madman stalking the streets of Victorian London, who killed or stunned his victims by blowing them a raspberry.

The title was preceded by the words "Chopper Films Presents", a parody of Hammer Films, and the writing of the serial was credited to "Spike Milligan and a gentleman".

The story originated in an episode of "Six Dates with Barker", broadcast on 15 January 1971, with Alan Curtis playing the role of The Phantom.

The voice providing the raspberry of the title was provided by David Jason who starred with Barker in Open All Hours.
*The series also provided the name of the Tong of the Black Scorpion, used in the "Doctor Who" serial "The Talons of Weng Chiang".
*'The Gentleman' listed as the co-writer was Gerald Wiley a.k.a. Ronnie Barker

External links

* [ entry on "The Phantom Raspberry Blower" episode of "Six dates with Barker"]
* [ BBC 2's "I Love 1971" reference to David Jason providing the voice of The Phantom] .

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