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TV bosses hunt limo driver for prank icon tribute

PUBLISHED: 09:42 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

Pranks for the memories: John Taylor

Pranks for the memories: John Taylor

TELEVISION producers are looking for a man who appeared in one of the funniest episodes of prank show Beadle s About for a special programme in honour of the late joker Jeremy Beadle. A show titled An Audience Without Jeremy Beadle, paying tribute to the

TELEVISION producers are looking for a man who appeared in one of the funniest episodes of prank show Beadle's About for a special programme in honour of the late joker Jeremy Beadle.

A show titled An Audience Without Jeremy Beadle, paying tribute to the television joker, is due to be aired on ITV1 in May.

In the hour-long special, the top five pranks from Beadle's About, as voted by the public, will be shown alongside interviews with friends and celebrities as well as people who were duped on the show.

Producers of the show are seeking John Taylor, who appeared in one of the best pranks which took place at St Martin's Church in Church Lane, Chelsfield.

In thE November 1990 scam Mr Taylor, then a Limo driver, was caught out by Beadle when he apparently locked the bride in the wedding car on the way to the church.

Mr Taylor gallantly helped the deaf 'vicar' conduct the marriage in the car park by relaying the wedding vows to the distraught bride through the sunroof.

Beadle then arrived in disguise as the Bishop of Smethwick and revealed the scam to a very relieved Mr Taylor.

Producer Steven Jole said: "It would be great if we could find John Taylor because it's a very popular clip. Jeremy always used to say the show was only as good as the people in it and that they were the stars, not him. He was very big on that.

"We're hoping it will be a great show and a great evening's entertainment.

"It would be brilliant if we could have Mr Taylor in the audience to be a part of celebrating Jeremy's life with us."

Beadle, who grew up in St Paul's Cray and went to Orpington County Secondary Boys' School, passed away in January this year aged 59 after a short battle with pneumonia.

Mr Jole, who worked on Beadle's About for eight years, said: "About four producers who used to work with Jeremy came up with the idea of a tribute show.

"Jeremy was a fantastic boss, the best you could hope to work for."

If you are Mr Taylor or you know where he is now, contact Kate Nelson on

020 8269 7013.

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