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Five Go Mad in Dorset 

In the 1950s four children, Anne, described as a 'proper little housewife',the rather butch George who has an unhealthy relationship with her dog Timmy and their brothers Dick and Julian,... See full summary »

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Peter Richardson ...
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Daniel Peacock ...
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Gypsy / Shopkeeper
Ronald Allen ...
Raymond Francis ...
Police Inspector
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Aunt Fanny
Nosher Powell ...
Ron Tarr ...
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Timmy
Barney Sharp ...
Policeman (as Barney Sharpe)
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In the 1950s four children, Anne, described as a 'proper little housewife',the rather butch George who has an unhealthy relationship with her dog Timmy and their brothers Dick and Julian,whose relationship seems to be more than fraternal,go on a cycling holiday in Dorset where their flair for detection - plus their snobbery and xenophobia - gets a whole string of suspicious characters arrested.

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2 November 1982 (UK)  »

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This programme aired as part of the first night of Channel 4. See more »

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Dick: Thanks, Anne. You really are a proper little housewife. Not like George, she still thinks she's a boy!
George: I think it's stupid being a girl. I wish I was a boy.
Dick: Really, George! It's about time you gave up thinking you're as good as a boy. I mean, Anne is just a girl, but she doesn't mind, do you, Anne?
George: Well, I absolutely do mind, actually!
Julian: Steady on, you two, the hols have only just started.
Anne: [putting her hand on his arm] You seem so grown up, Julian.
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Featured in The Comic Strip Presents...: Five Go to Rehab (2012) See more »

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Puffin' Billy
Composed by Edward White (uncredited)
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Lashings of ginger beer and good old fashioned racism....
19 May 2017 | by (Butt Town) – See all my reviews

The first episode of this great series is a parody of a 1970s children's show that was based on a series of children's books from the 1940s, The Famous Five.The Famous Five is(was) apparently very beloved in the UK, which made it a great target for some alternative comedians who love to make fun of anything wholesome.Normally, if you aren't familiar with the original, a parody loses a lot of its comedy.I don't think that's true for this episode(or the later two).I never saw The Famous Five but before I wrote this I was able to choke down thirty seconds of it on youtube.Shockingly, the parody of George was way too feminine.If I hadn't seen the parody, I would have never believed it was a girl(she actually looks like Danny Peacock).But you really don't need to see the original.You will see from this episode that the original was utter trash that needed to be parodied.You will get that The Famous Five was a ridiculous idea, even for children.This episode was the very first thing to ever air on Channel 4 and it caused quite a controversy when an entire country tuned in only to see a national treasure get destroyed.The Comic Strip set the bar very high with this episode.It's no surprise that they couldn't always live up to it.


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