"The Facts of Life" sketch by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, where Peter Cook plays a very awkward and extremely repressed father trying to tell his callow teenage son (played by Dudley) all about the "opposite number".
Beautifully written and played. Not all their stuff has stood the test of time, but this sketch is still hilarious.
Philomena - agree that it's very difficult to match a VU original. I think Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds version of "All Tomorrow's Parties" comes close. Wisely, they treated the song differently, rather than trying to copy the original.
Grendel - I think you should add Andy Holden to your list of great "mavericks".
He was talented and versatile enough to set a GB steeplechase record and later win several big city marathons. He is also (I think) the only athlete to be a GB international at 5 different running "categories" - indoor track, outdoor track, road, X-C and fell.
He sadly died recently, but he once set himself a target of running 100 miles and drinking 100 pints of beer in the same week - and achieved it ! He is also reputed to have won the 1979 Bermuda marathon the morning after sinking 10 pints in a late night session.
One can only imagine what a modern day athletics coach would make of that "train/rest/recovery" regime ...