One of the props we sell is 'The Fallen Madonna with ze Big Boobies'. I suppose it could be called a 'niche' market from a gem of a BBC TV show of the past ...
The Fallen Madonna With Ze Big Boobies was a main part of many Allo Allo plotlines.
For those of you in the dark about this, it is a fictitious, yet highly valuable painting, which led many of the plot lines for the TV show Allo Allo. Many forgeries of it were involved and were hidden in sausages, eaten, and blown-up.
"As my company are involved with selling props for the stage shows of Allo Allo we do of course stock them."
Some time ago, I started getting people asking for them for presents for friends who are Allo Allo fans. The stage show of Allo Allo, is one of the most produced shows in the UK, so it has something of a cult following.
So now we stock them and sell them on the website and get sales from all over the world. They are very popular in Australia where the show has a large following, but we've sent them to many countries including, curiously Thailand, where I just wouldn't have imagined the TV series was shown.
I did once get someone email me complaining that they looked like forgeries, so I explained that such was the brilliance of the forger it was hard to differentiate between the real one and the fakes.
We communicated a bit more and I explained that the real one was thought to be owned by the 6th Marquess of Bath and hung alongside other Old Masters in his ancestral home of Longleat. (As in fact the Marquess of Bath did commission one, and it is indeed at Longleat).
It's quite tricky in email communication to work out if someone has a lovely sense of humour or if they are just barking mad, but anyway he bought one in the end, and I've not heard that the Marquess has had an offer.
Just some Allo Allo silliness for fans to snigger at!
So there we have it. What a great Christmas present for those you love, or indeed hate. I bet not many of your friends could say they got one for Christmas.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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