Growing out of a single Yorkshire TV production in 1982 (screened in the series ITV Playhouse) and appearing as a one-series sitcom on the BBC six years later, Dogfood Dan And The ...
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Growing out of a single Yorkshire TV production in 1982 (screened in the series ITV Playhouse) and appearing as a one-series sitcom on the BBC six years later, Dogfood Dan And The Carmarthen Cowboy was a tale of two long-distance dogfood-carrying lorry drivers who, to the other's ignorance, are each having affairs with the other's wife. Although the men meet up on the road, exchange stories of their sexual escapades, and often talk to their wives about their travelling friend, the lies they spin and the false names they invent mean that neither the husbands nor the wives cotton on to the convoluted situation. Aubrey Owen likes to pass himself off as an MP, 'Aneurin', during his visits with Helen, while Dan claims he is carrying top secret 'abnormal' loads when pursuing the passionate Gwyneth. (Myfanwy in the 1982 version.) This was a complex, farcical idea from the ever-interesting David Nobbs, which employed sufficient detours and U-turns to make the extension from play to sitcom ... Written by
I just watched it...! :o) The other company name on the truck was "Pet-O-Grub". As you'd know, the story was written by the sublime David Nobbs, as was that other classic series "A Bit of a Do". If you buy the UK release, 4 disk version of "A Bit of a Do" on DVD you'll find Dogfood Dan and the gang as a special feature on disk 3. I'm a big fan of David Nobbs and own The rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin series, plus A bit of a do and I have read all of his books, but until today I'd never seen Dogfood Dan... The end, where the foursome all meet in the hotel lobby, is an icon of social awkwardness, Nobbs at his very best, and I would have loved to watch just another half an hour to see how everyone got out of such a sticky situation.
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