Carry On Laughing: The Case Of The Coughing Parrot (TV) (Alan Tarrant, 1975) **1/2
Third and last of the 'Lord Peter Flimsy' detective spoof entries in the "Carry On" TV series: this has an archaeology backdrop involving the theft of jewels belonging to the mummy of the Pharaoh Ram-it-up-em (the episode's single best joke, which is then repeated incessantly throughout). Making an ideal team are Jack Douglas as Flimsy and Kenneth Connor as his servant/sidekick Punter, while David Lodge is the flustered Inspector on the case; Joan Sims has fun with her role of the archaeologist and Peter Butterworth has a bit as an employer of the Post Office detailed with the "Lost & Found" department.
The episode has a very convoluted plot in which it manages to balance interior and exterior scenes (with the latter being perennially shrouded in thick fog); the villainess of the piece turns out to be Sims' young assistant under whose guise an aristocratic lady thief hides. By the way, the title is a reference to that particular bird's reaction to poison as explained by Connor at the climax after which he's pecked by the bird and, while believing himself doomed, immediately starts to cough!
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