The Howerd Confessions: Season 1, Episode 4

Episode #1.4 (23 Sep. 1976)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Frankie Howerd ...
Frankie
Joan Sims ...
Mrs. Beachum
John Junkin ...
The Sergeant
Ruth Kettlewell ...
The Magistrate
Robin Hawdon ...
P.C. Trimble
Ronnie Brody ...
The Suspect
Isabella Rye ...
W.P.C. Taylor
Roland MacLeod ...
The Prosecutor
Kate Brown ...
Ruby
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Frankie On Trial!
14 September 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

While reporting a stolen car to the police, Frankie is asked to take part in an identity parade. He is made to wear an old coat, and stand in line with other similarly attired men. An old woman named Mrs.Beauchum claims to have been bothered by a flasher, and picks Frankie as the culprit.

Poor Frankie goes to court, and brings on character witnesses who turn out to be totally useless. Things look grave for him.

Mrs.Beauchum finally admits to having invented the charge, simply to get her own back on Frankie for all the bad jokes she has endured over the years...

Another Stuckey/Robinson collaboration, this one bringing Frankie into conflict with the law. Joan Sims reappears ( though as a different character ), John Junkin plays a Police Sergeant ( as he did in countless other sitcoms of the period ), and there's an astounding turn by Robin Hawdon ( 'Randolph' the music teacher in 'Bedazzled' ) as a camp policeman named 'P.C. Trimble'. One wonders if the role was originally written with John Inman in mind. As was the case with Nicholas McArdle's 'Dr.Smelley', Hawdon comes tantalisingly close to upstaging Howerd, no mean feat.

Frankie's attempted cross-examination of himself would have been hilarious had Woody Allen not done the gag first in the film 'Bananas' in 1971.

Funniest moment - the line-up scene. At the command of the Sergeant, the suspects - Frankie included - are made to open and close their coats in rapid succession. Believe me, it looks funnier than it sounds!


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