was a BBC Light Programme
comedy show broadcast during the 1950s on Sunday lunchtimes featuring ventriloquist Peter Brough
and his dummy Archie Andrews
. The programme was very successful even though the idea of a ventriloquist and his dummy being on radio seems quite illogical. The show often averaged 15 million listeners, and a fan club boasted 250,000 members. In 1956 the programme was transferred to television.
The show introduced a number of comedians who later became well known including Tony Hancock, who always replied to a put down by Archie with “flipping kids”, Benny Hill, Harry Secombe, Bruce Forsyth and even a young Julie Andrews as the girlfriend of Archie.