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Sid returns home to find none of his family are speaking to him, not
even Cedric the parrot. It is because has forgotten the anniversary of
the day he first proposed to Jean. As she had turned him down, he
thought it best to forget it. She is adamant that they commemorate the
occasion, and plans a quiet evening for two at home, but Sid has booked
a table at a posh restaurant. It is not quite the romantic event it
should be: Sally is at another table with new boyfriend 'Roger' (
Nicholas Campbell ) with whom she has a public row, while Mike appears
with a policeman who wants to book him for speeding...
This was the last in the sixth series of 'Bless This House'. 'The T.V. Times' promised that Sid and the gang would be back later in the year with more 'domestic disasters'. It was not to be. Four days after the broadcast, Sid died of a heart attack while appearing on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre in Sam Cree's farce 'The Mating Game'. He was 62. His passing robbed Britain of one of its true comedy heroes, a man with a face a critic once described as being like a 'cheerful kneecap'. William G.Stewart, producer of 'Bless This House', later responded to all the many letters he had received from fans with a warm tribute published on the 'T.V. Times' letters page, describing Sid as a lovely man who was easy to get along with.
It is sad to have to report that Jon Watkins' 'Some Enchanted Evening' is not a particularly good episode, and the fact that it turned out the very last one of all is nothing short of tragic. Geeson and Stewart were clearly too old to be playing unruly children by this time. Some of the old 'Carry On'-style Sid resurfaces in the scene where a lovely waitress ( Shirley Cheriton, later to star in 'Eastenders' ) brings him food, and he gazes admiringly at her copious bosom.
Funniest moment - Betty goes to the Abbotts to borrow tomato sauce. When she describes her husband Trevor as being so sexy he is almost good enough to eat, Sid hands her a king-sized bottle of ketchup, saying sarcastically: "There you are. You'll be needing that!".
Sid may have gone, but his work lives on. The best tribute was paid to him some years ago in a Channel 4 documentary by Lance Percival ( his co-star in 'Carry On Cruising' ) who said that you can take Sid's picture into the street even now, ask anyone to identify him, and, chances are that they will be able to do so. That wrinkled face and fruity laugh cannot easily be forgotten. He was our Sid.
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