Dawson's Weekly: Season 1, Episode 4

Accident Prone (3 Jul. 1975)

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Les Dawson ...
Roy Barraclough ...
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Neil McCarthy ...
Georgina Moon ...
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Dawson Gets Plastered!
3 February 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

It had to happen. Les is in hospital after his motorbike - which he calls 'Gladys' - collides with a car. After the doctor ( Richard Morant ) and the stretcher bearer ( Gordon Rollings ) argue over the diagnosis, Les' leg is encased in plaster and he is given a bed.

He saved from the ordeal of having to listen to 'The Archers' by the arrival of Roy, over friendly as ever, bearing fruit and nuts ( having been a health visitor and a coal miner in earlier episodes, here he is a male nurse ). Roy makes no secret of his attraction to Les, and admits to having helped him out by donating a pint of blood. Les is horrified...

It has been interesting to compare this show with 'The Galton & Simpson Playhouse', also released recently on D.V.D. The two are quite different. The latter being somewhat genteel, particularly with episodes such as 'Cheers'. 'Weekly', on the other hand, is bawdier, boasting gay jokes of the sort no-one would dare make now. But when you have Dawson and Barraclough together, it is impossible to find the material offensive.

Richard Morant, who plays 'The Doctor', was 'Flashman' in the excellent 1971 B.B.C. version of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'. I once got a charming message from Justin Rollings, son of the late Gordon, after I'd praised his father's work on another forum. Gordon Rollings is probably best remembered as 'Arkwright' from the old John Smiths Beer adverts, but he appeared in countless films/T.V. shows of the '60's and '70's. That wonderful hangdog face brightened up everything he was in. Neil McCarthy is also no longer with us, but I fondly remember him as 'Mr.Bedford' in an early episode of 'Some Mothers Do Ave Em'. Georgina Moon, the sexy nurse, was 'Erotica' in Frankie Howerd's 'Up Pompeii!'.

Funniest moment - Les enjoying a friendly conversation with the man in the next bed. Then he finds out it is the same bloke who caused the accident that led to him being in hospital!

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