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Episode credited cast:
Les Dawson ...
Roy Barraclough ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terence Alexander ...
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Lesley North ...
Bert Palmer ...
John Sharp ...
Kathy Staff ...


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19 June 1975 (UK)  »

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"Hammer Films' Answer To The Archers!"
14 November 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The gloomy Dawson clan are gathered at the reading of the will of Enoch Rameses Dawson, who had emigrated to Australia years before. Les is the last to arrive, clad as always in his motorcycle gear. All are denied a share in the vast fortune, except for Les, who is amazed to hear he is Enoch's illegitimate son. Les gets the lot, on the proviso that he marry within seven days. If he fails to comply, the whole lot goes to the 'Tiddles Towers' cats home in Leeds.

At a London marriage bureau, Les encounters a camp man ( Roy Barraclough, again ) who has been searching for years for a bride ( oh come on ). Les neglects to tell the agency computer that he is male and it fixes a date with the man, named Evelyn...

This was one of two episodes remade in the mid-90's as part of 'Paul Merton In Galton & Simpson's'. The other was 'The Clerical Error'. It is slightly reminiscent of two earlier Galton and Simpson-scripted shows - the 'Hancock's Half-Hour' episode 'Succession: Son & Heir' and 'Oh What A Beautiful Mourning' from 'Steptoe & Son'. Dawson's family are not too far removed from the greedy, grasping "what has he left me?" Steptoe's. Not a patch on either, I have to say, but worth seeing for the fine supporting cast which includes Terence Alexander, Richard Vernon, Kathy Staff, John Sharp ( 'Number 2' in 'The Prisoner' story 'A Change Of Mind' ), Peggyann Clifford, and Bert Palmer.

Funniest moment - the look of horror on obese café owner Freda ( Peggyann Clifford )'s face when the will stipulates that, in return for feeding Enoch all these years, she be given as reward the lining of his stomach!

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