The first part of 'Fiddler On The Hoof' saw Budgie reunited with his family, having had to take his drunken busker father Jack ( George Tovey ) home following a big row. Budgie was tricked into stealing a necklace from over the hill singer Lady Maisie ( Betty Marsden ) for insurance fraud purposes but it turned out to be fake. Budgie's sister Vi ( Anne Carroll ) has split from the man she loves, the nerdy Tony Pringle ( Donald Douglas ) who works in a jewellers' where he is at the mercy of the fearsome Mr.Pratt ( Jack May ). Tony is persuaded to substitute the fake pearls for those on display in a glass case. Determined to win back Vi, he summons up the courage to go through with the switch...
Not as much of Tovey as there was the previous episode, this focuses more on Tony. A good thing too as Douglas is hilarious, particularly humming 'Tiptoe Through The Tulips' as he robs his employer ( he would not be able to get away with it now thanks to the rise of C.C.T.V. cameras ). Norman Rossington plays an ex-con pal of Budgie's who moves in with the Birds and practically takes the house over, turning out splendid meals and things. Jack May had been 'William E.Simms' in an earlier Verity Lambert series - the wonderful 'Adam Adamant Lives!'. At the end, Tony gets Vi back and with the family reunited, Budgie slips away quietly.
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