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Frankie Howerd ...
Frankie
Joan Sims ...
Nellie
Charles Morgan ...
Dr. Logan
Ken Kitson ...
Security Guard
Virginia Balfour ...
Matron
Elspeth MacNaughton ...
Mrs. Pale Thorpe
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2 September 1976 (UK)  »

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"Do you want sex now or later?"
19 September 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Frankie tries computer dating, and meets Nellie, a three-times married widow with some strange habits such as playing an imaginary piano. He is repulsed by her initially, but weakens, eventually proposing marriage.

To celebrate, she offers to cook him Chilli Con Carne. Frankie tucks in gratefully. What he does not know is that his fiancée has recently escaped from a lunatic asylum. She was put there because of her love of poisoning husbands...

Dick Hills was one half of the writing team behind Morecambe and Wise's shows and movies in the '60's. Here he comes up with an amiable bit of nonsense, essentially a two-hander involving Howerd and Joan Sims ( yes, her again ), spoilt only by some unnecessary cutaways to Dr.Morgan's clinic. Frankie chatting to himself courtesy of video trickery does not work either, the device was not used again after this.

Frankie's cat Godfrey plays a pivotal role in the plot, which means the word 'pussy' gets bandied around an awful lot, I'm afraid.

The story's time scale is slightly askew; if Nellie has only just broken out of the asylum by taking the place of Mrs. Palethorpe, how could she have found time to register with a dating agency? Whatever its flaws, the episode was considered strong enough to go out at the start of the show's one and only run in 1976.

Funniest moment - Suspecting he has been poisoned, Frankie looks at the camera and says: "This is just like Lacenic and Old Arse!".


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