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Morecambe and Wise's 1976 Gene Kelly sketch tops poll of best movie spoof

Morecambe and Wise's parody of Gene Kelly's Singin' In The Rain has been named the best film spoof of all time in a survey.

The sketch was broadcast in the comedy duo's 1976 Christmas special on BBC1, and saw Ernie Wise copying Kelly's dance routine while Eric Morecambe played the policeman who gets soaked.

Film critic Barry Norman told Radio Times - which conducted the survey - that the pair took their spoofs very seriously.

Norman, who took part in Morecambe and Wise's 1977 Christmas show, said: "Just before we were to shoot, the fun, jokes and messing around, which they used to put us at our ease, stopped.

"From the moment we lined up on our marks, everything was deadly serious, as it should have been. They were astute, intelligent, observant and left nothing to chance."

Second place in the poll went to 1980 film Airplane!, while French and Saunders' 1998 Boxing Day spoof of Titanic, with Dawn French as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Saunders as Kate Winslet, was third.

Radio Times readers were asked to vote for their favourite spoofs of all time, including films and television comic reinterpretations of movie classics.

Small screen parodies dominated the list, with television specials and adverts accounting for six of the top 10, including Victoria Wood's remake of Brief Encounter's tearoom scene, The Simpsons' Raiders Of The Lost Ark interpretation and Carling Black Label's memorable Dam Busters advert from 1989.

The top 10 movie spoofs:

1. Morecambe and Wise's Singin' In The Rain (1976)

2. Airplane! (1980)

3. French and Saunders' Titanic sketch (1998)

4. Young Frankenstein (1974)

5. Red Nose Day: Armstrong, Miller, Mitchell and Webb (2009)

6. Hot Fuzz (2007)

7. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

8. Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings (2000)

9. The Simpsons episode Bart's Friend Falls In Love (1992)

10=Carling Black Label ad (1989)

10=Mission: Impossible parody in Toy Story 3 (2010)

:: The survey was conducted to mark the release of the 2017 Radio Times Guide To Films.

:: This week's Radio Times is on sale on Thursday.

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