Picture the scene; a busy London street. A man appears and yells: "Hello everyone! My name is Harry Worth!". In no time at all, the street is empty, apart from Harry. 'My Name Is Harry Worth' saw the lovable, bumbling comedian returning to the world of sitcoms, following three seasons of the sketch show 'Thirty Minutes Worth'. He plays 'Harry Worth', a door-to-door brush salesman with a habit of getting continually flustered ( and flustering others too ) and who lives in rented accommodation with his widowed landlady 'Mrs.Maybury' ( Lally Bowers ).
Harry's humour was out of step with what was in vogue at the time. While Alf Garnett was railing at the 'c##ns' and the Steptoes insulted one another regularly in Oil Drum Lane, dear old Harry was still relying on confusion to get laughs. A number of writers worked on the show, including Ronnie Taylor ( creator of 'My Good Woman' and 'A Sharp Intake Of Breath' ) and new kids on the block George Layton and Jonathan Lynn. The fact that it was out of joint with the times though does not make it a bad show, in fact it got good ratings ( it went on in I.T.V.'s prestigious Monday night at eight o'clock slot ). Sally Geeson of 'Bless This House' guested in one episode, as did Reginald Marsh ( 'Sir' from 'The Good Life' and 'Sir Dennis Hodge' from 'Terry & June' ).
Only one season was made. Harry stayed away from the small screen for the next four years, resurfacing in the Yorkshire Television sitcom 'How's Your Father'. Harry's final series - the Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft scripted 'Oh Happy Band!' - was trounced in the ratings in 1980 by 'The Morecambe & Wise Show' on I.T.V.
When Harry died in 1989, Roy Hudd paid him the following glowing tribute: 'he ( Harry ) was an oasis in a desert of rude, crude and predictable humour.'. Indeed he was.
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