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The Fiver | A one-off career retrospective

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The north-east of England has always been fertile ground for the comedic arts. Newcastle was the setting for Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, the emotional heart of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and the city that gave us Viz. Consett in County Durham was the birthplace of Rowan Atkinson. Darlington was home to Vic Reeves, while Middlesbrough gave us his partner Bob Mortimer, Paul Daniels, and Paul Daniels’ wig. And of course there’s Sunderland, where Lawrie Mc … no, this is too cheap and convoluted, even by The Fiver’s lamentable standards. Though just for the record, if we’d gone through with it, we’d have also mentioned Terry Butcher, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Howard Wilkinson and Mick McCarthy.

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