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Revisiting Maid Marian And Her Merry Men

Louisa Mellor Nov 22, 2016

Tony Robinson’s revisionist Robin Hood children’s comedy series, out now on limited edition DVD, was a hoot…

In the mid-eighties, my teenage sister amused herself by teaching me to say “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. Not being a six-year-old well-versed in the rhetorical techniques of social emancipation, I didn’t get it. (I’d seen a flea circus; why mightn’t fish find a use for bikes?) My feminist awakening was obviously going to have to wait.

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But not long, it turned out. One copy of Babette Cole’s Princess Smartypants picked from the Year Three reading table later and I was feeling pretty woke.
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Actor Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

Hughes, known to millions as binman Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street, has died after a two year battle with prostate cancer

Actor Geoffrey Hughes, famous for his roles in Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 68.

Hughes, who was known to millions for playing binman Eddie Yeats in the soap during the 1970s and 80s, died on Friday night after a two year battle with prostate cancer.

Friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to the star describing him as a "warm, lovable actor, with great comedy timing".

Ricky Tomlinson, who acted alongside him in The Royle Family, said: "Geoff wasn't just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn't spoken to him in about a fortnight. It's such a loss."

William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, added: "I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm,
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Reuniting the Rubins – review

Family squabbles are to the fore in this underwhelming comedy from first-time director Yoav Factor

The Royal Tenenbaums meets The Upper Hand in this film from first-time director Yoav Factor. Unfortunately, it's the duff 90s sitcom that sets the tone. Timothy Spall, still in search of a serviceable star vehicle, must reunite warring sprogs Rhona Mitra, Blake Harrison, James Callis and Hugh O'Conor and corral them back to the family home on the dying wish of Gran (Honor Blackman). Plot twists are shoutingly signposted and then wallopingly orchestrated; few characters shake off the thick blanket of caricature while tragic back-stories are whipped out as narrative trump cards with all the taste of strip poker at a funeral. Rubins ultimately sinks beneath the weight of its own gubbins.

Rating: 2/5

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Donald Hewlett obituary

Actor best known as Colonel Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot Mum

Donald Hewlett, who has died of pneumonia aged 90, was already in his mid-50s and had a long career as a screen character actor behind him when he was cast as Colonel Reynolds, commanding officer of a second world war Royal Artillery concert party, in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974-81). In public, he found people recognising not just his face, but also his voice.

While Battery Sergeant Major Williams (Windsor Davies) tried to instil discipline into Bombardier "Gloria" Beaumont (Melvyn Hayes), the singer Gunner "Lofty" Sugden (Don Estelle), the pianist "Lah-de-Dah" Gunner Graham and others, Colonel Reynolds enjoyed the easy life, lounging around, sipping gin and conducting an affair with Daphne Waddilove-Evans (Frances Bennett), whose husband was away in the Punjab.

The sitcom was written by the Dad's Army creators David Croft and Jimmy Perry. Perry himself
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TV Star Hewlett Dies

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TV Star Hewlett Dies
British TV actor Donald Hewlett has passed away at the age of 90.

Best known for his role in long-running BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hewlett died in London on Saturday after a lengthy battle with ill health, according to his wife Therese.

Hewlett fell in love with acting while studying at Britain's revered Cambridge University, and began his career in 1954 alongside Peter Sellers and Sid James in Orders Are Orders.

He went on to land a series of roles in shows such as The Saint, Doctor Who and The Avengers before winning the part of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot Mum. The role was followed by You Rang M'Lord?, in which he played Lord Meldrum.

Hewlett appeared in a series of movies including A Touch of Class with Glenda Jackson. He last appeared on TV in The Upper Hand in 1995.

He is survived by five children.

DS Icon: Honor Blackman

DS Icon: Honor Blackman
There's nothing we love more at Digital Spy - as you may have guessed from our previous Icons - than an old stager with a bit of fighting spirit and s***k to them. 84-year-old Honor Blackman epitomises the spark, beauty and vim we admire in our veteran showbiz stars. Best known for her work on The Avengers and as a Bond girl, our favourite memories of Mrs B come from her time on the often-derided ITV sitcom The Upper Hand. Blackman was the perfect fit for the role of man-eating Laura West, as she starred alongside Joe McGann and Diana Weston for 95 episodes in the (more)
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