Fun Day Sunday–A “Mad Lib” Case of Loving Richard Armitage, 1/29/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post # 117)

“Mad Libs” are fun word replacement games.  You choose a familiar story or movie dialogue scene, but don’t tell your game participants what it is.  You ask them for various words from parts of speech (proper names, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc.).    Then the amusement begins when we take the suggested words and randomly  replace them in the text–usually to humorous results, because the words and their meanings are out of context.

For today’s Mad Lib, I have chosen some scenes from the 2007 BBC production of “Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall” [(1) left]–in which Richard Armitage portrayed Percy Courtenay [(2) right] and Jessie Wallace portrayed Marie Lloyd.

And in the case of this Mad Lib activity, I also asked for your favorite Richard Armitage character dialogue lines.    Let me thank the individuals who provided the word and dialogue quote suggestions:

Kitty–she provided two sets of word replacements, snap!
proper names/Father Ralph de Bricassart and Mickey Mouse; nouns/ceiling fan and camera,  verbs/drive and hunt, adverbs/hungrily and musically, RA dialogue quotes:
1) (Spooks 8 episode 8):  “I’m a polymath.”
2) (Spooks 8 episode 1): “So much for the new broom!”

Fabi–proper name/Justin Bieber, noun/marshmellow, verb/beat, adjective/hairy, RA dialogue quote (North & South):  “I hope you realize that any foolish passion for you on my part is entirely over.”

Grace–proper name/ Layla , noun/water, verb/run, adjective/wet, adverb/shyly,  RA dialogue quote (Strike Back 1, episode 5):  “the last bullet’s for me”

Delia–proper name/Armando Catalano, noun/bookcase, verb/eat, adjective/colorful, she did not provide a dialogue quote

We are going to have Mad Lib word/quote replacements for only the first 1.5 minutes of this very long video clip.  But I hope you will find the Mad Lib word replacements amusing.  A transcript of the Mad Lib scene appears below the video so you can read along as you watch and listen to the real video clip.  The replaced words are italicized.

The remainder of the video clip details Percy and Marie’s developing relationship and his support of her career.  There is a really amazing musical number performed by Jessie Wallace as Marie Lloyd.  And I want to alert you that the toward the end of the video clip is a very romantic seduction scene between the lovers Percy and Marie that definitely ends on an extremely sensual  R-rated note.  Gratiana fans herself and swoons. *thud*     I can even imagine Marie Lloyd singing “Oh sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you” [(3)] to Percy.  Ha!  So, if you are not able or you do not wish to view an R-rated movie clip, then don’t watch the last 1.5 minutes of the video.  That is my disclaimer.

Miss Marie Lloyd (2007) Part 2/8, video clip by aliyevajamila [(4) below]

At Restaurant
Marie:  “Thank You.”
Percy:    “So what do you think of the ceiling fan?”
Marie:   “It’s lovely here idn’t it?”
Percy:   “It is tonight, here, with you.”
Marie:   “Flatterer.”

At music hall
Marie:  (Marie singing) “Cant’ you see, waving his camera at Mickey Mouse.”
Percy:  She’s got marshmellow sparkle
Marie: (singing)  “That runs on a bookcase.”
Percy:   “Another 5 minutes on Monday night.” “I’m a polymath.”

At Restaurant
Percy:  “ I’m glad you agreed to hunt me again, Miss Dellamare.  And I hope “you realize that any foolish passion for you on my part is entirely over.”
Marie:  “So much for the new broom.”
Percy:   “Oh.”
Marie:  “But you can see Miss Layla Wood, if you like.”
Percy:  “Layla who?”
Marie:  “Armando Dellamare’s my wet name.  I beat it up.  Nice though, don’t you think?  Hairy.”
Percy:  “You should call yourself something more …  colorful.”
Marie:  “Like what?
Percy:  “Something simple.”
Marie:  “Hungrily, I’m sure.  Well I ain’t having Layla Wood.”
Percy:  “Why not?”
Marie:  “She’s far too common, idn’t she?  What name would you suggest?”
Percy:    “What about  … Justin?   What about Justin?”
Marie:   “Justin?  Yea.  Justin What?”
(A packet of matches gets tossed onto the table. Its label is “Bieber”.)

And folks, just from my personal perspective, I think one of the funniest word replacements for the above video clip is “marshmellow sparkle”.  Ha!   Take a bow, Fabi, for providing that one.  Thanks to all of you for playing.

Finally, here is a fun multi-character RA fan video by Elvira Sweeney to cap our Mad Lib activity today–because Richard Armitage is such a versatile actor and masterful storyteller, we are simply in awe of him (Grati gushes shamelessly.  Ha!):

Richard Armitage fan video (Bad Case of Loving You) by Elvira Sweeney [(5)]

P.S.  And for those of you who want more fun, listed below is the link to an earlier “Mad Lib” activity we did here on my blog back in November:


(1)     RANet resource page for “Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall”, BBC (2007)
You will recall that Richard Armitage portrayed Percy Courtenay, who supported and advocated for  Marie Lloyd’s (portrayed by Jessie Wallace)  early career aspirations and they fall in love and get married–only to find himself neglected and cast aside when she becomes a star.  Of course, Percy did not behave himself either and broke his marriage vows which caused Miss Lloyd to divorce him.  This is another one of Mr. Armitage’s unsympathetic roles which he played despicably well.

(2)    Image of Percy Courtenay (as portrayed by Richard Armitage)  in the BBC 2007 production of “Miss Marie Lloyd:  Queen of the Music Hall”, pix 1 on RANet found at

(3)    Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” (1974) was a classic parody of the gothic science fiction tale.  One plot conceit is that the Monster (portrayed by Peter Boyle) receives an injection of “humanity and intellect” when he and Dr. Frankenstein’s (portrayed by Gene Wilder) exchange brain waves.  In this particular scene, the Monster has the hots for Dr. Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth (portrayed to perfection by Madeline Kahn) and he “expresses” his admiration for her.  Elizabeth’s reaction to his loving attentions are to sing “Oh sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you” to indicate that the monster has transported her to bliss.  Here is that classic humorous scene clip courtesy of metierney1959
“Young Frankenstein-The Monster and Madeline Kahn hook up”

(4)     “Miss Marie Lloyd:  Queen of the Music Hall” Part 2 of 8 video clip by  aliyevajamila.  In this video clip, Marie Lloyd has met Percy and he encourages and supports her in her career and he helps her develop her act.  They fall in love and they make love.

(5)    “Richard Armitage fan video (Bad Case of Loving You), video by Elvira Sweeney (


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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8 Responses to Fun Day Sunday–A “Mad Lib” Case of Loving Richard Armitage, 1/29/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post # 117)

  1. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati,
    Thanks for the funny and swoon-worthy stuff, now I can properly start my day.
    Note: I never sympathized with “Marie Lloyd”, how could she neglect that delectable Percy?? Anyway, another chance to see Mr. A in a period costume. (no, I didn’t mean shirtless with a towel around his waist…) :D
    Really a bad, cRAzy, hopeless case!


    • Good morning Fabi,
      You’re welcome! And thanks again for “marshmellow sparkle”. Ha! Yes, Richard Armitage can wear anything and look good in it–especially period costumes.

      And though Richard Armitage’s Robert Lovelace character in the BBC Radio play “Clarissa” is despicably bad through and through, Percy Courtenay starts out good and then makes bad choices when Marie Lloyd neglects him. Percy should not have made those choices. But Marie also should have tended to her husband. Marie kept “taking” from Percy until he had no more to give–because she stopped “giving” to him.

      People in relationships and marriages have to engage in “reciprocal” acts of intentional love, intentional caring, and intentional support of each other if they are to survive. I have seen several of my friends marriages fail because they lack the simple consideration for each other that is needed on a daily basis–and/or they take each other for granted. Love is a blessing that can slip way from you if you don’t tend to your loved one apart from lovemaking with them. Loving someone with a grand passion needs to be complemented by nurturing them as a person in small ways every day.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Kate Patrick says:

    Loved the Mad Lib post! My 3rd graders love these, and they make a good Fun Friday English review! Grati, I agree wholeheartedly with you about nurturing a relationship with caring for each other in those little ways. I’ve been happily married for 20 years, and we do just that. We joke and use the phrase “you anticipate my needs” when, for example, one of us brings a glass of tea or cup of hot tea to the other, a pen when writing, the Nook when settling into a comfy chair to relax, etc without being asked to do it. Pitching in to help each other keeps us from feeling like a servant to the other, and more like a partner of a team. The dynamics of the relationship should be in balance to avoid ending up being a “Percy”!


    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks for your nice note! Giggles for you using Mad Libs for English practice with your students. Great idea!
      And obviously, I agree with everything you said about relationship nurturing. Appreciating our loved ones and letting them know that everyday–and they doing the same for us–is so important. My hubby of 22 years and I also do that. And ours is a love story that continues to unfold.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Fabi says:

    Yes, you both are right. Love is like a plant that needs to be watered, fertilized and nurtured in a daily basis to flourish and bear good fruit. Another thing we try to do often is compliment and tell each other the reasons why we love. Results guaranteed: 18 years of happiness.


  4. JasRangoon says:

    Grati, I just got around to reading this Mad Lib. LOL! I get such a kick out of these when you post them. I hope you do more. :)


    • Hi Jas,
      Thanks for your nice note. Yes, I tend to alternate interactive activities between CRAzy Captioning and Mad Libs, and such. And Mad Libs require some input from you and others ahead of time–and I alert you to that.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->


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