Originally posted by sonhouse
I'm surprised a man with the stature of Andre Previn (I saw him conduct 'the miraculous Mandarin' at Wolftrap a long time ago, breathtaking) doing a comedy bit!
Possibly 1971 was a bit early, but certainly later in their careers, it would have been other way round. M&W were huge, and appearing on their show was a bit like being on the Simpsons today.
The 1977 Christmas special was watched by about 28m people, when the population of the UK was about 56m.
In this episode alone, you have Vanessa Redgrave, Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Nureyev and Laurence Olivier!