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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

PBS stars came out in droves this week to protest calls that the government not fund PBS TV and NPR radio.

Nigel Barman-Taff, who played Colonel Lionel Taylor-Winslow in the enormously popular British department store sitcom "Handkerchiefs, Ladies?" stated that PBS TV was a mainstay of American culture and it would be a shame if it wasn't supported fully by the government.

Taylor-Winslow was one of the shows most popular characters and his catchphrase "I say, ripping good!" was quite a sensation in parts of England during the early summer of 1977.

The actor was joined by several fellow cast members and remembered one episode in particular that concerned an amusing case of mistaken identity and a corset.

The actors also mentioned that there were several popular British comedies on the network, including "Gwennellynn Street Road" and "Constable Barnes, See Here!" and it would be a shame if they were unavailable to American viewers, especially episodes made as recently as 1998.

Also on hand were Doo-Wop legends "Little Eddie and the Boppin' Dukes" as well as "The Bingtones" and "Sam Carpenter and the Four Screwdrivers." Carpenter was quick to point out that Doo-Wop music was featured frequently on PBS TV and probably couldn't be found too many other places besides CDs and from on line downloads.

The protest was mostly peaceful, except for the ballroom dancing fans who completely ignored the standard steps and repeatedly looked at their feet.

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