Richard Murdoch

Richard Bernard Murdoch (6 April 1907 – 9 October 1990) was a British comedic radio, film and television performer. Richard Bernard Murdoch attended Charterhouse School. He then appeared in Footlights whilst a student at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Murdoch had his radio break in the BBC comedy programme Band Waggon (1938–40) as part of a double act with Arthur Askey, acquiring the nickname "Stinker" as a result. He reprised this role in the 1940 film of the same name and after the war appeared in the TV version, Living It Up. During World War II, he served in the RAF. He married the actress Peggy Rawlings in 1932, and they had three children, Belinda, Jane and Timothy. He famously composed rather suggestive doggerel about Ella Wheeler Wilcox as lyrics to the opening bars of Alexandre Luigini's Ballet égyptien. Murdoch appeared with Kenneth Horne in the BBC Radio comedy series Much Binding in the Marsh from 1944-54. He also appeared in The Men from the Ministry from 1962–77, a radio comedy series about two civil service members, with initially Wilfrid Hyde-White, but more famously Deryck Guyler.


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