For 4 Tonight
Louise Gold featured as Maureen Bedford, one of the team of four, in an episode (actually Episode 2) first broadcast on London Weekend Television between 23:00 to 23:30 on 8 October 1983 (note, it must have been recorded several months earlier in the year, prior to the 21 July)
George Irving - as Tony Royale (The TV Chat Show Host)
Rachel Bell - as Avril Petrie
The Team Of Four Guests
Louise Gold - as Maureen Bedford
Uncredited in the TV Times (and BFI Database)
Written by - Ruby Wax
Designer - Mike Oxley
Produced by -
Michael Dolenz is also often credited as Mickey Dolenz
It is worth that as a singing-puppeteer Louise Gold has certainly performed to the work of some of the members of The Band, since some of them had previously been the actual musicians providing the music for ‘Electric Mayhem’ and co on The Muppet Show. Notably: drummer Ronnie Verrall provided the real drum notes for Animal.
Although puppeteer David Claridge does not appear to have received a credit in the TV Times for playing a guest on the show, he must have been on this edition of the show because in an interview, fellow British puppeteering legend Louise Gold recollected him being on it, and asking her if she would be interested in working with him, and she subsequently puppeteered on his big BBC show Roland Rat The Series. Both of them went on to take part in the television documentary The Wonderful World Of Puppets.
Rachel Bell had previously appeared on stage with Louise Gold in Once A Catholic, a production which was supposed to mark Louise Gold’s “come back as a proper actress”.
Rachel Bell may have gone on to appear in Dear Ralph.
Ruby Wax may have gone on to take part in Thing A Thon.
Links about For 4 Tonight
BBC Comedy Guide page about For 4 Tonight: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/f/for4tonight_1299001175.shtml
TV Tome page about For 4 Tonight: http://www.tv.com/for-4-tonight/show/18819/summary.html
Tibby’s Bowl / Muppet Central Interview with Louise Gold (where she specifically mentions David Claridge being on For 4 Tonight): http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml
BFI Database’s Entry for the programme: http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/211744
Channel Four at 20 Years page for 1983: http://www.offthetelly.co.uk/features/c4/1983.htm
Normal Chappell’s television biography (on a site for The Avengers): http://theavengers.tv/forever/pnote-chappell.htm
TV Dynasty page for the show: http://www.tvdynasty.com/showlist.php?s=6811