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"Six Dates with Barker" 1937: The Removals Person (1971)

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Hugh Leonard (writer)
Original Air Date:
8 January 1971 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ronnie Barker ... Fred
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Benham ... Mrs. Vaile
Nan Braunton ... Old lady
Gillian Fairchild ... Angela

Josephine Tewson ... Travers
Christopher Timothy ... Albert (as Chris Timothy)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Maurice Murphy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hugh Leonard  writer

Produced by
Humphrey Barclay .... producer
Film Editing by
Ray Millichope 
Art Department
Eric Shedden .... designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Bayley .... camera operator
Music Department
John A. Coleman .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Basil Kirchin .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Ronnie Barker and Josephine Tewson revived their characters over 15 years later in "Clarence" (1988)See more »
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Right said Fred, 21 April 2012
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Ronnie Barker's second and final L.W.T. sitcom was an anthology akin to his earlier 'Ronnie Barker Playhouse' for Associated/Rediffusion. The gimmick was that story each was set in a different time period. The opening credits showed Ronnie's disembodied head mugging away inside an hour-glass. The first edition was set in 1937, and was called 'The Removals Person'. While a Royal procession is under way, snobby Mrs.Vaile ( Joan Benham ) and her drippy daughter 'Angela' ( Gillian Fairchild ) want to move to Rangoon, so they engage the services of a pair of useless removal men - one, 'Albert' ( Christopher Timothy ) leaves his mate 'Fred' ( Barker ) to do all the heavy work while he goes off to watch the fun and games. Flat-capped Fred is as blind as a bat, and has an unfortunate habit of breaking everything he touches. Luckily, Mrs.Vaile's spinster maid 'Jane Travers' ( Josephine Tewson ) is at hand, and, amongst the smashed crockery, the beginnings of a relationship form...

If all the above sounds familiar, it should. Ronnie later used this Hugh Leonard-scripted episode as the basis for his final B.B.C. sitcom 'Clarence', made seventeen years later. The gap proved beneficial as Ronnie was the right age to play the character in 1988. Retaining Tewson was also a wise move. 'The Removals Person' got the 'Six Dates' series off to a good start, but the remake is better in my view. Leonard later wrote an edition of Ronnie's 'Seven Of One' - the wonderful 'Another Fine Mess' - in which he and Roy Castle played Laurel and Hardy impersonators.

Funniest moment - as Fred and Jane try to carry a bed through the hall, Angela gets caught up in the frame. Bending down, she scuttles through Fred's legs on all fours. Fred muses: "Is there a dog round here?".

Sky Movies have recently acquired the James Bond films. No, I'm not going to compare Rupert Murdoch to 007 ( though both are surrounded by lovely women, expensive surveillance gadgetry, and have a licence to do as they please ), but it is great news, particularly in view of the shabby treatment meted out to them by I.T.V. down the years. Intrusive commercial breaks, key scenes excised ( remember when 'Goldfinger' was trimmed to remove the electrocution of a 'capungo' in the pre-credit scene? ), as well as odd time slots ( such as Saturday afternoons when practically nobody would have been watching ). You don't pitch-fork Bond into any old slot. Familiarity breeds contempt. The endless showings have been hell for Bond fans as well as non-Bond fans. On one occasion, they ran the films in reverse order of production ( what on earth was that all about? ). Hopefully Sky will provide a better home.

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