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Times tracks down Beadle’s star victim

PUBLISHED: 15:58 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

John Taylor

John Taylor

AN APPEAL in your Times to find a man who appeared in one of the funniest clips of prank television show Beadle s About has been successful and he will now feature in a tribute programme to the late joker. Television bosses at ITV were searching for Orpi

AN APPEAL in your Times to find a man who appeared in one of the funniest clips of prank television show Beadle's About has been successful and he will now feature in a tribute programme to the late joker.

Television bosses at ITV were searching for Orpington cab driver John Taylor, who was duped by Jeremy Beadle in a 1990 show, voted in the top five Beadle's clips of all time.

Following an article in last week's Times, a friend contacted Mr Taylor, 44, who now lives in Norfolk, to him to give him the news.

The father-of- two said: "I was shocked. I thought they were pulling my leg because it's been such a long time. It was a friend of the wife's who saw in the Bromley Times and called up all excited.

"I showed the picture to my best mate up here and he said "who's that?" I said "it's me you clump." I've never forgotten it. It was a lot of fun on the day."

Mr Taylor's taxi driver friends set him up for the prank in which he drove a bride to St Martin's Church, Chelsfield, but apparently accidentally locked her in the car.

He then helped a deaf vicar to conduct the wedding service through the sunroof of the limousine until Beadle appeared disguised as the Bishop of Smethwick.

A researcher for Beadle's About named Ann pretended to be a loyal customer for three months prior to filming to make sure Mr Taylor would be good on the programme.

Marketing businessman, Mr Taylor, will travel down to London for filming this Saturday. He said: "I'm excited about the new programme. It's something I'm proud to have been a part of. Jeremy was a really nice bloke."

Producer Steven Jole, said: "It's a great end result. We couldn't have done it without the Bromley Times.

"It was very hard to track down Mr Taylor as we'd lost all the records so we're delighted he'll be attending and can relive some memories of a fun time.

"It should be a brilliant programme in the true spirit of the great man himself."

Beadle, who grew up in St Paul's Cray, passed away in January this year after a short battle with pneumonia.

The programme, hosted by Chris Tarrant, is due to air on ITV1 on May 16 at 10 o'clock.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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