One half expects him to turn up somewhere and announce that it was all just a practical joke. Unfortunately not.
When I was young, I used to love his appearances on Game for a laugh or Beadle's About. Not only me - Beadle's About used to pack in 15 million viewers at its peak. He was one of those celebrities that it was often not 'cool' to like very much, but I was a huge fan. What is on ITV on a Saturday night now? Haven't a clue, but I am sure that I wouldn't like it and it is not a patch on what you could have seen 20 or so years ago.