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TV star McGowan goes back to his Asum roots
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
BADSEY brothers shared the Vale’s own dialect with fellow villager turned comedian Alistair McGowan, when he visited them as part of a new television show.
Will and John Dallimore, of Horsebridge Avenue, Badsey, were delighted to be involved in filming for the BBC’s The One Show.
The Dallimore brothers, lifelong residents of Badsey, were chosen to appear due to their involvement with Doug Deep, a fictitious character, who roams the Vale of Evesham on a two-tine fork in a quest to educate the locals in the art of Asum Grammar.
Impressionist Alistair McGowan, who was born in Badsey, was joined by Clive Upton – the country’s leading authority on accents and dialect.
He is in the middle of his countrywide Not Just A Pretty Voice tour and also interviewed Bretforton’s Bill Byrd and Mike Hancox, of Offenham.
The Dallimores were in the middle of painting the exterior of the Manor House in Badsey when Alistair McGowan and crew arrived.
“It all started when Alistair McGowan was at the plum festival and met John,” said Will. “They got talking and spoke about when Alistair McGowan was on The One Show and visited people around the country to talk about their accents.
He said he had never featured Asum.
“I had made a film for the Badsey Society about a character called Doug Deep.
John gave the video to Alistair and the next thing I knew the BBC rang me.
“When we were filming they told us to say something in Asum then translate it, but even when I explained what it meant they didn’t understand and I had to explain that as well.”
Now the brothers hope the film and TV programme will maintain interest in the old dialect. Films on Asum are available on DVD at Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre in Evesham, online from badsey.net, or from John or Will on 01386 831012.
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