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Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often the camp guests are the last thing on their minds. Ted's the camp comic but is always on the lookout for a way to make money. Gladys has her eye on the boss, and Peggy wants to swap her mop and cleaner's outfit for a "yellow coat". Written by
For me, this programme epitomises everything that was wrong with the BBC in the 1980s. I'm astonished to find that it rates so highly (7.0), although the mere 300 or so ratings it has garnered clearly reflect that only hardcore fans have bothered visiting this page (can't remember exactly how it was that I ended up here). My parents used to watch this tripe (back then we only had the 3 channels to choose from) and I always considered it an especially cruel and unusual form of torture. Despite consisting of only 6 or 7 episodes per series, due to the BBCs seemingly endless cycle of repeats, it seemed to hardly ever be off the air.
To give credit where it's due, many of the actors did a reasonable job; the best they could with such appalling, repetitive material. It is to their discredit, however, that only Simon Cadell had the good sense to get out after they won their BAFTA (how on earth did that happen?), having already seen every joke recycled about 25 times over the course of 5 series. The depths to which it plummeted over the remaining 4 series are probably the main reason David Croft had to create 2 more TV series to provide much-needed employment for the 'stars' of this awful show (by this time, we had satellite TV so no-one was forced to suffer through these the way my generation was forced to suffer through the likes of Hi-de-Hi and 'Allo 'Allo).
Hi-de-Hi is typical Croft/Perry fare, in that all the characters are severely dated stereotypes, taking part in poorly-conceived and executed farces that could easily have been written by a drunk comprehensive school drama teacher. I didn't think the 1st series was funny when I was 7 years old and I could barely believe they were still making them when I was 15. Amazing, really, that the BBC saw fit to screen this rubbish alongside such gems as The Young Ones (1982) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981). Its 'popularity' (among a largely captive audience) is testament to the fact that, by the cynical use of 'canned laughter', it is possible to convince my parents' generation that practically anything is funny.
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