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Watch: The hilarious Max Boyce clip going viral thanks to US comic

16 Dec 2021 2 minutes Read
Max Boyce / Reginald D Hunter

When much loved comedy High Hopes hit our TV screens in Wales back in 2002 it became an instant hit.

The sitcom created by Boyd Clack, was set in a fictional area of the South Wales Valleys called Cwm-Pen-Ôl (Welsh for ‘Backside Valley’) and starred the late Gavin & Stacey star Margaret John as widow Elsie Hepplewhite, the head of a dysfunctional family, which included her rogue son Richard, played by Robert Blythe.

The series, which ran for six episodes until 2008, also starred such Welsh acting notables as Steve Spears, Steve Men, Di Botcher and Keiron Self.

Untold joys

One of the favourite scenes and funniest moments involved comedy folk hero Max Boyce, playing ‘Man at graveside’.

The clip surfaces from time to time on social media, but this time it’s gone viral thanks to little help from American comedy star Reginald D Hunter, who shared it on his Twitter account, introducing a whole new audience to the untold joys of Max Boyce and High Hopes.

Evidently, an unlikely fan of the Valleys set sitcom, Reg’s post implores those watching to rightly view it until the end.

If you’ve not seen it – enjoy! We’ll say no more.


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Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
6 months ago

I think you meant 6 series, not 6 episodes!

J owen
J owen
6 months ago

Satelite City and High Hopes were masterpieces. It’s a shame they were only broadcast on Welsh TV

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

Boyd Clack, a fellow Welsh independence supporter, is a comedy genius. Both Satellite City and High Hopes were Welsh comedy classics en par with Only Fools and Horses in my opinion. In fact, Welshman Gareth Gwenlan of OFAH fame also produced the show too. I can recall once producer Gareth Gwenlan was interviewed and stated how the BBC bigwigs in London were Anti-Welsh the reason Boyd Clack’s shows never featured on BBC Network when first televised. Apparently they were too Welsh. Not wholly surprising seeing they were the same gaggle who allowed Anne Robinson to racially abuse the Welsh on… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Y Cymro
Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
6 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

It is no joke being abused and misruled by the Tory party, great post though

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