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Episode credited cast:
Les Dawson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Curtis ...
Michael Gover ...
John Harvey ...
Damaris Hayman ...
Pamela Manson ...
Julian Orchard
Bernard Spear ...
Tony Sympson ...
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26 June 1975 (UK)  »

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"I've been shot!"
28 January 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Les is fed up with being so skint he can only afford to eat Baked Beans ( and having to eat them cold as he cannot pay his fuel bills ) so he changes his agent. He turns up at the agency wearing ridiculously flamboyant clothes, but the only acting job he gets offered is at the Giggleswick Repertory Company. It consists of one line: "I've been shot!". Les complains, only to be told by the play's camp director ( Julian Orchard ) that he can either take it or leave it. Eager to make some money, Les takes it. But then the play is changed and no-one bothers to inform him...

Slightly similar to the 'Steptoe & Son' classic 'A Star Is Born', this episode sees Les' Hancockian pretensions coming to the fore. Great supporting cast - Julian Orchard, Josephine Tewson ( am I the only living man on Earth to find her sexy? ), Damaris Hayman, Bernard Spear as an agent loosely based on Bernard Delfont, and Tony Sympson ( who you may remember as Reggie Perrin's 'Uncle Percy Spillinger' ).

Les had a long way to go before approaching Hancock as a comedy actor though; he shouts a bit too often for my liking, but that probably would have changed over time. No Roy Barraclough alas, instead long-faced Julian Orchard provides the campery.

Note Les' line about agents: "Perhaps I should have gone with Beryl!" - a reference to the great Beryl Vertue, showbiz agent later turned television producer.

Funniest moment - Les going on stage in black make-up and wearing a grass skirt, only to find the entire cast dressed in Victorian period costume!

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