I was just thinking of Les from Vic Reeves Big Night Out. I remember photographing Fred Aylward as a photo student in 92.
Another little nugget transcribed from my radio archives, this time from March 2007. I was thrilled to interview Fred Aylward, who spent almost ten years as Les, the bald-headed, lab-coated henchman to Vic Reeves. Les worked his way from pub backroom appearances to TV stardom with Vic Reeves Big Night Out and ultimately Les Lives, his own series on BBC2. He loved the spirit level, but had a strange and inordinate fear of chives. Fred hung up the lab coat in 1996 and now lives in South London.
Am I right in thinking you’re working as an artist these days, Fred?
Yeah, art and design is my background, really. I went to Goldsmith’s College and all that.
So what are you working on at the moment?
At the moment it’s a set of celebrity dinner plates with the likes of Fanny Craddock on there. Do you remember Fanny?
(Laughs) Well, she’s on there…
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