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Frankie Howerd ...
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Margaret Courtenay ...
Mrs. Parsley
Geoffrey Chater ...
Mr. Parsley
April Olrich ...
Deirdre
Roger Brierley ...
Ludovic
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Mireille Allonville ...
Emmanuelle
Margaret Dalton ...
Melissa
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7 October 1976 (UK)  »

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"Is anybody there?"
18 September 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Frankie recounts the time he was a private eye. A rich old battle axe named Mrs.Parsley suspects her husband of having an affair, and hires Frankie to keep tabs on him. With her in tow, he tracks her husband to a flat owned by the lovely Lola.

Breaking in and hiding a walkie-talkie, Frankie is unexpectedly trapped when Mrs.Parsley takes away the ladder. A number of weird-looking people show up, so he tries to pass himself off as one of Lola's friends.

Frankie thinks an orgy may be about to get underway, instead it turns out to be a séance...

The final episode of 'The Howerd Confessions' was penned by Dave Freeman, a former collaborator with Benny Hill, author of two 'Carry On' pictures, and a hilarious climax to the show it makes too. Quite a few well-known faces scattered about: Sarah Douglas, who plays 'Lola', would go on to play the evil Kryptonian 'Ursa' in the first two 'Superman' movies starring Christopher Reeve, the late Margaret Courtenay was Joan Sanderson's main competition in the 'battle axe' stakes in '70's sitcoms, April Olrich had appeared in the children's show 'Robert's Robots' for Thames, while Mireille Allonville, seen as Mrs.Parsley's sexy maid 'Emmanuelle', was to be found fluttering around Ted Rogers and 'Dusty Bin' in '3,2,1' in 1978 ( the poor thing ).

Funniest moment - the séance scene. Frankie has left the receive button on the walkie-talkie on, so when Mrs.Parsley tries to talk to him, the people round the table think someone from the spirit world is attempting to communicate!


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