Fenner Fashions make women's clothing run by Henry Fenner, 'Peter Jones'. Reg Varney is the downtrodden foreman on the shop floor. The machinists are all women lead by their union rep, '... See full summary »
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 Harold Fenner (36 episodes, 1961-1963)
Miriam Karlin ...
 Paddy Fleming (36 episodes, 1961-1963)
Reg Varney ...
 Reg Turner (36 episodes, 1961-1963)
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 Shirley (24 episodes, 1962-1963)
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 Lily Swann (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
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 Carole Taylor / ... (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
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 Gloria / ... (23 episodes, 1961-1963)

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Fenner Fashions make women's clothing run by Henry Fenner, 'Peter Jones'. Reg Varney is the downtrodden foreman on the shop floor. The machinists are all women lead by their union rep, 'Miriam Karlin'. The stories are all about the schemes the machinists get up to making life hard for the boss, Henry Fenner. The foremans life is also made hard by the women who have him around their little finger. Each week there is a special order to complete and the machinists make heavy work of things. Very funny comedy made in the early sixties.

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Groundbreaking comedy series from the BBC
18 October 2006 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

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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