parents of James Mason, the film star, lived on the same street
as Wilf, in Huddersfield, and Wilf met James when he was visiting
them (more about their first meeting here).
James Mason advised Wilf only to write about subjects within his
experience. Wilf had already written a TV play called 'Benny Rolly'
which, unusually for the time, was without dialogue.
Mason introduced Wilf to an agent, Blanche Marvin. She thought that,
since Wilf's play had no dialogue, it would be of interest to the
deaf so she arranged an interview with Patrick Dowling the producer
of VISION ON and Wilf took along some of his models. He said he
couldn't use Wilf, but suggested he should have an exhibition of
his cycles, which Blanche arranged. On the opening night, Joan Bakewell,
the TV presenter, visited and asked Wilf if he'd like to be on television.
Being slightly the worse for drink Wilf said, "Yes
to which she replied, "Tonight!" and so, Wilf did his
first TV show, LATE NIGHT LINE UP.
the ventriloquist bear & it's dummy