The Galton & Simpson Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 3

Cheers (3 Mar. 1977)

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Gentle comedy of two old friends who have always done everything together, as they drink and chat every day in the same posh bar.


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Gentle comedy of two old friends who have always done everything together, as they drink and chat every day in the same posh bar.

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3 March 1977 (UK)  »

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"They call us Pinky & Perky!"
21 January 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

'Charles' ( Charles Gray ) and 'Peter' ( Freddie Jones ) have known each other since they were at school. After serving in the Army, they bought a house which they share. Each Friday they visit a posh bar, order the same drinks ( with nuts and crisps ), smoke pipes, chat affably to the same people, as well as each other, mostly on the subject of the allocation of household duties. One evening Peter drops a bombshell - he announces he is getting married on Saturday to a woman named Joyce, and they plan on going up the Amazon together...

Lovely gentle comedy, benefiting from two fine central performances from Freddie Jones and the late Charles Gray. The latter is probably best remembered for his role as 'Blofeld' in the 1971 Bond film 'Diamonds Are Forever'. Jones is, of course, one of our best living character actors. Of course Peter is not going anywhere. He invented the marriage tale to break what he regards as the monotony of his dull life. You wind up feeling sorry for these two - Peter for being bored out of his mind, and Charles for seeming genuinely upset at the thought of losing his oldest friend. Not much happens here but it is engaging all the same.

Nicholas Courtney plays an unnamed customer whose globe-trotting lifestyle Charles and Peter look upon with envy. The actor will be familiar to 'Dr.Who' fans as 'Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart'.

Funniest moment - Peter telling Charles: "People think we are a couple of poofs!". Horrified, the latter replies: "I was not a poof when I was at Dunkirk!". Peter says with a twinkle in his eye: "Quite a few there were!" and goes on to relate an anecdote of an officer caught wearing ladies' underwear when a shell blew off his uniform.

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