Hello George, thanks for coming along.
Please, take a seat.
Always pleased to see you, John. You
and I go back to the start of the Walters.
We certainly do. Twenty-five years on
the same radio soap. Whod have thought wed still be
broadcasting the same daily, radio drama serial after all these
What is it that you wanted to see me
Its a bit of bad news, George.
We will have to write your part out of the show.
But, you cant...
Im sorry, George. Youve
played Spot the dog brilliantly all these years. Its just
that Jack Russells dont live to be twenty-five. By rights
he should have passed-on ten years ago.
But Ill never be able to get
There are lots of theatre companies
and ... theres television.
Ive got no experience. Ive
only said Woof, Howl, and Grrrr
all these years. I dont think I could cope with a more
They need dogs on TV?
Im not a dog, John.
Oh, of course.
sorry. After all
this time as director, listening to the recordings, Ive
come to think of the characters in their roles.
Couldnt you bring another dog
into the plot? I could do a puppy...yip, yip, woof, woof, woof.
Get up off the floor, George. Dogs
arent so popular among listeners these days.
What about another pet?
With the cut-backs at the BBC, I
might not be able to justify your £35,000 a year salary for
going Meow once or twice every five or six episodes.
What about the farm animals.....Mooooo.......Cluck,
You know that Eric does those, and,
anyway, Equity have strict rules about domestic animal
impersonators not mimicking livestock.
Oh God...What am I going to do...?
Ive just had an idea.
You know the village protest about
the new airport wont succeed, and a runway will be built
across Oatfield Farm.
Can you do a Jumbo Jet?
Thats pretty impressive, George.
And, with the grounding of Concorde, there wont be any
pressure on you to do a sonic boom. What about smaller, propeller
Incredible, George. I was looking for
my seatbelt there for a minute.
Can I be an aeroplane then, when Spot
Why not? And that gives me another
Well, Spot has been a part of the
show for so long that death by natural causes seems a bit of an
What have you got in mind?
Suppose that on the opening day of
the airport he ran onto the runway and was sucked into the air
intake of a jet engine?
Millions would tune in for that. It
would be more emotional than Brian Aldridges baby.
Are you up to it, George?
Brilliant, George. Heres to the
next twenty-five years.