Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »
In WW2 France, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.
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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