After four series of 'George & The Dragon', Sid James crossed from ATV to Thames after writing duo Vince Powell and Harry Driver had signed a lucrative contract with them. Their first show together at Thames was the sublime 'Two In Clover', which cast him alongside Victor Spinetti. The two played Sid Turner and Vic Evans, two stressed out nine til fivers who decide to quit their jobs as filing clerks and take up farming.
Eventually, they buy Clover Farm in Fletchley. Both Sid and Vic think that their new life on the farm will be all peace and tranquillity. No such luck. Everything that could go wrong goes wrong. They also come into conflict with the snobbish locals.
'Two In Clover' is a forgotten comedy classic blessed with hilarious scripts and wonderful performances from it leads. Though Sid James plays more or less the same kind of character in everything he stars in, there is no denying he is a natural when it comes to comedy. Victor Spinetti likewise is a comedy legend in his own right.
Appearing in guest roles were J.G Devlin, Richard Davies, Hugh Latimer, John Le Mesurier and cricketing legend Freddie Truman. A then unknown John Inman had a small role in the last episode. Bill Pertwee appeared occasionally too as the village policeman.
Five years after 'Two In Clover' ended, the BBC screened another self sufficient sitcom - 'The Good Life' - which was more successful but nowhere near as funny in my opinion.
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