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Royal Variety Performance Show 1981

Television (Full Length) – 1981

What a feast of entertainment we have for you tonight, featuring the country’s top talent, all here for a two hour spectacular in honour of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.
– John Hayden, presenter
If it wasn’t for the Poms you’d be the same colour as me mate!
– Billy T James to Laurie Dee
Let’s move from trombones to tights as we welcome … Limbs.
– Pete Sinclair, compère
And now we welcome the man who is New Zealand entertainment: here’s Howard Morrison!
– Pete Sinclair, compère

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