1) No Place Like Home
Family based tossfest. NPLH features two of the worst performances ever committed to videotape, namely Daniel Hill
(curse you, Google) as Raymond the son-in-law who irritates the dad (William "Bill" Gaunt one of the Champions who wasn't Alexandra Bastedo) by trying to borrow his car etc.
(What was it with borrowing cars from dads in 70s sitcoms? It seemed to be a staple up there with the custard pie fight in the 20's)
'Place' also featured Marcia Warren as the wacky neighbour. I don't know much about acting but her gurning, shouty turn would have anybody sneaking into the greenhouse for a crafty sherry. I used to fancy the mum too, which is my problem obviously.
may contain early Martin Clunes.
No Place Like Home: note the Hannah Gordon-lite 'Mum' that Michael fancied.
2) Brush Strokes
decorator based affair with an admittedly great theme song. Cheeky Karl Howman,
star of the infidelity/voyeur obsessed Flash adverts (maybe that's why it's
called.....) The idea seems to be if you give the sink a wipe round, there may
be a chance of forgiveness from ones missus if you get caught rinsing out your
brush over your saucy neighbour. Older viewers may remember Howman in the Linda
Hayden twiddlefest "Expose."
'Strokes': 'Jacko' Howman - the Lidl Robert Lyndsay.
Funny foreigner toe curler starring the poor man's Robin Asquith, Barry Evans, but not this one.
If you find it hard to imagine a poor man's Robin Asquith I'm not surprised, however a quick glance at Adventures of a Taxi Driver should prove the point.
MYL: Barry Evans with the funny Chinese one, the funny Spanish one and the funny Pakistani one.
4) Never The Twain
this made it past the point that somebody said " ok so it's going to star
Donald Sinden and Windsor Davies as rival antique dealers," I'll never
know. Slightly harder to watch than Windsor Davies and Jack Douglas trying to
cop off with those girls in Carry on Behind.
Twain: 67 episodes!
hated this when I was young because I only ever saw it at my Auntie's, who would
only spring for a black and white licence despite the fact her favourite program
was Pot Black and Rainbow (not really). His wife used to frighten me (Arthur
Mullard's, not my auntie's). Spin off from Romany Jones apparently (thanks
CODA: Romany Jones
Co-starred the late, great James Beck. And who was could fill the boots of Private Walker, (Beck's most famous role and one of the best-loved characters in the history of British comedy) in the current revival of the 'Dad's Army' stage show?
Taxi drivers: think twice about stopping outside British rep theatres Nov - Dec 2007.