Tuesday, 13 July 2010

London Walks Movie Week. Plaque of the Week No.42

If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am.” Peter Sellers

Commemorating: Comedian and actor Peter Sellers
Issued by: The Dead Comics Society
Street: Muswell Hill Road
Postcode: N6
Borough: Haringey

A full assessment of the complex private life of actor and comedian Peter Sellers requires a greater space than that which he have in this regular weekly slot. Blue Plaques, however, are not simply issued to those with complex private lives.

There are many who still maintain that Sellers was the greatest comic actor these islands ever produced. Quite a claim. And from the Teddy Boy tough in the black comedy The Ladykillers (1955) to the still and enigmatic figure of Chance the gardener in Being There (1979) via the madcap Inspector Clouseau of the Pink Panther films, his repertoire was broad indeed.

Sellers came to prominence as part of radio comedy team The Goon Show (alongside Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe). His talents stretched as far as hit records (his producer was George Martin of Beatle fame). In his will he stipulated that Glenn Miller’s In the Mood – a song he detested – be played at his funeral. His ashes are interred at Golders Green crematorium.

Keep an eye out for this plaque on the way to or from the Highgate walk every Sunday.

London on Film is this Sunday at 11.00am meet at Bank Stn (exit 3).

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