Long-running British sitcom about James Shelley - an educated, sardonic, permanently unemployed 'professional freelance layabout'. Following his battles with authority, the tax-man, his landlady and his girlfriend Fran.
A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.
Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting London, a self proclaimed Urban Guerilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. Leading a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »
This is one series I'm looking forward to seeing again now that it's coming out on DVD.
Reg Varney, Peter Jones and Miriam Karlin are a great team but for me the best character was the unforgettable Esma Cannon as Lily. Shelia Hancock was memorable as well. Irene Handl as Reg's mum was another great actress who if memory serves me correctly, played Tony Hancock's landlady.
Ronald Chesney and partner would never write a better series than this although Chesney's Aussie comedy series "Barley Charlie" is one I still recall with fondness.
It's sad to think Chesney and Wolfe will be most-remembered for arguably the worst so-called 'comedy' in the history of British television, "On the Buses". "'Allo, 'Allo" is still entertaining but for me "The Rag Trade" was Chesney and Wolfe at their best.
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