Heroes – Talbot Rothwell

Where would we be without the contribution to modern culture made by Carry On film screenwriter Talbot Rothwell?

Yes, his oeuvre appears anachronistic today… you could never make the Carry On series again right? But, without this rich history of smutty innuendo and double-entendre, would our culture really have managed to evolve in the way it has?

Popularised by these movies, the exclamation ‘phwoar’ is now central to our conception of lust. A simple aligning of six letters of the alphabet that express that lust, yet at the same time, the unavailability of the desired object. So close to the mental ejaculation of pent-up desire by the viewer that, since Talbot Rothwell penned Carry On Doctor in 1967, it has become a staple of bawdy popular culture.

Talbot Rothwell. Writer. Prophet. And prisoner of war?

Okay… now we understand where phwoar came from….

We salute you!

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