Gert and Daisy

Gert and Daisy

Gert and Daisy were the two characters of a British female comedy act who are particularly remembered for their contribution to film and radio entertainment during World War II. They were stalwarts of the BBC radio variety programme Workers' Playtime, where they would talk about anything and everything, but especially their fictional husbands: Bert and Wally.[1]

The characters of Gert and Daisy were played by Florence Elsie Waters (1893–1990)[2] and Doris Waters (1904–1978),[3] who were sisters of Horace John Waters (1895–1981),[4] better known as Jack Warner of Dixon of Dock Green fame. Elsie and Doris were awarded OBEs in the King's Birthday Honours List in 1946.[5]

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Film, radio and television

They appeared in three films together Gert and Daisy's Weekend (1942), Gert and Daisy Clean Up (1942) and It's in the Bag (1944), which were all made by Butcher's Film Service. In 1959 they appeared in a television series Gert and Daisy which aired on ITV. They performed in radio's Workers' Playtime.

Quotes

Elsie and Doris Waters are perhaps the most influential social satirists of the period
Wheeler Winston Dixon, Chair, Film Studies Program, Professor of Film Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Popular culture

Manchester United defenders Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce were nicknamed Gert & Daisy by their fans in the late 1990s.

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References

  • Song & Sketch Transcripts of British Music Hall Performers Elsie and Doris Waters by Paul Matthew St. Pierre ISBN 0-7734-6656-8. [1]
  • imdb database listing: Florence Elsie Waters. [2]
  • imdb database listing: Doris Waters. [3]
  • East London history: Horace John Waters. [4]