Article from The News of The World, July 19th, 1981
by Noele Gordon
In the years since Mr Television, Val Parnell, walked out on me I have never met anyone to replace him. But this
doesn't mean I don't enjoy the company of many good men friends in my social life away from the studios.
Comedian Larry Grayson's name has been linked with mine for years. Talk of him being in love with me started when
I was featured on This Is Your Life.
Thames Television had secretly contacted Larry at the Wakefield Theatre Club and asked him to be a surprise guest at
the end of the programme. He agreed, providing he could get back to Wakefield in time to go on stage later that night.
When he appeared beside me I couldn't believe he'd come all that way just for a couple of minutes on TV with me.
That's when our 'romance' was born.
"Noele I do love you," he said as he walked on. I knew he was joking and I carried on in the same vein. "I
keep asking him to marry me, but he won't," I explained to the viewers.
Larry's answer was gallant and to the point. "I will then," he said. What else could he say? So I carried
on joking. "Remember, you've said it now, and millions of viewers have heard you too," I told him.
Oh dear, what had he begun? Congratulatory telegrams, flowers, phone calls, a stack of lovely engagement cards,
wishing me every happiness all flowed in.
Wherever Larry went he was asked the date of the wedding. I suppose it was naughty of us both to have joked about
getting married in the first place, but at the time it all seemed innocent enough. Neither of us realised so many
people would take it seriously.
We're still great friends - even if we aren't engaged. I don't mind in the least that he makes jokes about
me. He always gets a big laugh when he announces, "I'm so ill. Everard told me to see my doctor. He
was very reassuring. Everything is in perfect order."
Then he adds, "Noele Gordon will be pleased." He waits for the laughs and says, "She'll murder me."
Perhaps now that I'm leaving Crossroads I can realise an ambition - to be in a TV comedy series with him.
Someone who is also very close is my manager Michael Summerton who has looked after my business affairs for the past
14 years. Michael is not only a business associate but is also a very dear friend. In the present upheaval in
my career I wouldn't have been able to carry on without his sound advice and support.