Tuesday, 11 July 2017
733 The Copy Cats
First viewed : Autumn 1985
The Copy Cats was a direct successor to the seventies show Who Do You Do ? , a fast-moving sketch show featuring a team of impressionists and two of the eight-strong team, Johnny More and Aiden J Harvey, had been involved in the earlier show.
They had to play second string to the main stars Bobby Davro and Gary Wilmot. Davro's come in for a lot of stick over the years but I think at his peak he was a talented performer. Wilmot on the other hand was utter garbage and it could be difficult to identify who he was supposed to be even with the props.
I was particularly interested in Harvey because he was living in Littleborough when he won New Faces in 1975 and I hadn't seen much of him since. He was the most talented mimic on the show but not as telegenic as the younger pair.
The only female on the original team was Jessica Martin who was also working on Spitting Image at the time. She was very good at the voices but her bird-like features were a bit too distinctive for an impressionist. You also couldn't help noticing , when she was impersonating the likes of Kate Bush, that she wasn't able to match her marks in the chest department.
I enjoyed it at the time but having glanced at a couple of videos on YouTube it hasn't aged well. The third and final season in 1987 was gravely weakened by the departures of Davro , Martin and ( I suppose ) Wilmot and it was no surprise that it was scrapped.