Citizen Smith (1977–1980)
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Christmas is coming and when Shirley rings Dad to wish him the season's greetings Wolfie realizes that he misses her and organizes a pub raffle with a fake Van Gogh as the prize to finance ... See full summary »

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George Sweeney ...
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Susan Baker ...
Mandy Lynch (as Susie Baker)
Anthony Morton ...
Italian Police Captain
Anthony Jackson ...
Italian Barman
Julia Gaye ...
Girl on beach
Tex Fuller ...
Man on bicycle
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Christmas is coming and when Shirley rings Dad to wish him the season's greetings Wolfie realizes that he misses her and organizes a pub raffle with a fake Van Gogh as the prize to finance a trip to Italy to see her. After Ken has had an encounter with a bathing beauty in Nice and they are mistaken for drug smugglers by the Italian police the pair arrive in Rimini - to find that Shirley is now engaged to a very wealthy local. Wolfie takes a suitable revenge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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31 December 1980 (UK)  »

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In search of Shirley
12 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Shown on New Years Eve 1980, this in fact the show's penultimate episode, but was screened last because it takes place close to Christmas. Shirley has phoned from Italy, but Charlie puts down the receiver before she can talk to Wolfie. Missing his girlfriend, Wolfie decides to fly out there to see her. To raise the money for the plane tickets, he raffles a painting and a milking stool which he calls a 'Van Gogh' and a 'Chippendale'. The winner is Ronnie Lynch. Alas, Van Gogh was a lousy carpenter and Chippendale could not paint to save his life. So off go Wolfie and Ken to Italy on the Lambretta...

The four years ( 1977-80 ) that 'Citizen Smith' was on air seemed to fly past, as time often does when you're enjoying yourself. No sooner were we introduced to the Tooting Popular Front than ( it seemed ) we were bidding them goodbye. There have been surprisingly few repeats on the B.B.C. ( the last comprehensive screening was back in 1992 ), although the show is on D.V.D. and has been seen on satellite. Forgotten it has not been.

The Italian barman is played by the late Anthony Jackson, who was Sid Abbott's pal 'Trevor' in 'Bless This House'. Julia Gaye, the girl on the beach, seems to have no other credits to her name which is odd as she's a stunner. Perhaps after his dumping by Shirley, Wolfie sought her out.

Once again the editors have been at work for the D.V.D. release. When Wolfie and Ken travel abroad, we hear a nondescript piece of music in place of 'Here Comes The Sun' by The Beatles.

The village of Portmeirion in North Wales ( also the setting for the original - and best - version of 'The Prisoner' ) stands in for Italy.

Funniest moment - Wolfie getting his own back on Shirley's new fiancée by putting graffiti on his car.


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