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"Here Come the Double Deckers!" The Go-Karters (1970)

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Confessions Of A Go-Karter

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
7 June 2008

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Spring is up before the local magistrate on a charge of reckless driving. His go-kart had gotten out of control, leading to a high speed chase involving the police through countryside and town. One by one, his friends give evidence. The full story is told in flashback.

It all started when the Gang decided to build their very own go-kart, with a view to winning a race. Scooper is to drive. Brains comes up with a new fuel injection formula ( good old Brains! ) to enable the machine to outstrip its competitors. Early tests are a success.

But a sneering Hell's Angel by the name of Nigel Parks wants to win the race so badly he is prepared to cheat. He fixes the go-kart's brakes. He does not gamble on Spring getting behind the wheel instead of Scooper.

The late Charles Crichton directed some of the best Ealing comedies such as 'The Lavender Hill Mob' and 'The Titfield Thunderbolt', as well as John Cleese's 'A Fish Called Wanda' thirty years later. He also worked on top television shows including 'The Avengers', 'Danger Man', 'Man In A Suitcase' and 'Space: 1999'. It comes as a bit of a shock to find him here, on a kids' show, but he does a first-rate job.

Good to see Brinsley Forde's 'Spring' getting more air time than usual.

'Nigel' is Robin Askwith, a good three years before he went into the window cleaning business, followed by the pop music business, the driving instructor business etc. He would not be the only 'Double Deckers' star to bare all in the name of his profession. In 1977, Peter 'Scooper' Firth showed 'The Full Monty' in the highly acclaimed 'Equus', based on the play by Peter Shaffer.

Funniest moment - not really funny as such, but the go-kart chase sequences are exciting even by modern standards. No wonder we kids loved this show.

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