It was indeed a grand joke

It was on The Mrs Merton Show that she asked with straight face of Debbie McGee, the much younger wife of the magician Paul Daniels: “So, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?”

That recurrent cancer finally caught up with her:

Caroline Aherne, who created, wrote and starred in the Royle Family, has died of cancer at the age of 52,

5 comments on “It was indeed a grand joke

  1. Definitely one of the most memorable jokes ever on British tv, up there with “Play it cool, Trig”.

  2. I honestly preferred her line to Best: “Was it playing all that football that made you so thirsty?”

  3. The only time I ever saw her on the telly was when she made that wonderful joke. Did we leave her out a few weeks ago when we listed genuinely comic women?

  4. She was a great talent. The writing in The Royle Family is some of the sharpest, funniest and most keenly observed stuff ever seen on British television.

    A clever and funny girl who always had a good humoured sparkle in her eyes.

    Rest in peace.

  5. dearieme, I think she was left out.
    Shouldn’t have.
    I was just thinking about her the other day in that context after her name was mentioned in some radio doco I was listening to on New Order (?).
    She is definitely a top candidate for someone who can write and do funny.

    Yes, rest in peace.

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