British actress Naomie Harris has been nominated for an Oscar for her role as a crack-addicted mother in the 2016 indie drama Moonlight. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some other roles she's played in her career.
My enjoyment of the D.V.D. release of this series has been marred by the sad news of Alan Simpson's passing. Both he and Ray Galton created some of the funniest, richest and best-written British television comedy of all time. 'Friends In High Places' stars Bob Monkhouse as 'George Gosling', fifty, out of condition, and depressed. His only pleasure in life being his first cigarette of the morning ( which, naturally, causes him to cough uncontrollably ). Looking into a mirror one morning, he mutters to himself: "I wish I were 30 years younger!" ( haven't we all said that at one point in our lives? ). When he wakes up the next day, George is indeed 30 again. While he struggles to come to terms with this, his wife 'Joyce' ( the sublime Patricia Hayes ) and children ( Sally Geeson and Christopher Timothy, both of whom would become household names a few years later ) wonder who on earth he is.
This episode is very much like something out of 'The Twilight Zone'; one of nature's losers gets what he wishes for, only to find the grass is not green on the other side of the fence. Monkhouse was a better stand-up comic and game-show host than actor, but here he's rather good. He plays 'George' in make-up for the first few minutes ( looking not unlike David Jason's 'Blanco' in 'Porridge' ) but when the angels do their stuff, its 'Golden Shot' era Bob we get. You almost expect him to say "Bernie The Bolt"! Speaking of the angels, they are played by Frank Williams ( the vicar in 'Dad's Army'), Arthur English, and Richard O'Sullivan ( two years before becoming 'Bingham' in I.T.V.'s 'Doctor At Large' ).
Funniest moment - George wondering what caused his rejuvenation. "Its those Chinese atom bombs...I've been mutated!".
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