Hamlet undergoes psychoanalysis; eight Queen Victorias compete in the Queen Victoria handicap race; a boxing contender gets his head knocked off.



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Episode cast overview:
Hamlet / Dr. Bruce Genuine / Robert / First Reporter / Second Radio Announcer / Mrs. Non-Smoker / Various (voice)
First Psychiatrist / Reporter / Father / Mrs. Smoker / Dentist / Housewife / Second Jockey / Various
Fourth Psychiatrist / Man Banging on Wall / Black Man / Various
Third Psychiatrist / Policeman / Mr. Gabriello / First Radio Announcer / Mrs. Gorilla / Frank Gough / Property Dealer / First Jockey / Various (voice)
Dr. Natal / Michael Charlton / Second Assistant / Mrs. Non-Gorilla / Brian MacThighbone / Various
Nurse / Carol / Various
Jimmy Hill ...
Bob Raymond ...
First Assistant / Dental Patient (as Bob E. Raymond)
Ophelia (as Constance Booth)


Hamlet undergoes psychoanalysis; eight Queen Victorias compete in the Queen Victoria handicap race; a boxing contender gets his head knocked off.

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21 November 1974 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Hamlet: [on couch] It's just that where ever I go it's the same old thing. All anyone wants me to say is "to be or not to be".
First Psychiatrist: That is the question, whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer slings and arrows...
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The Good Word
Written and Arranged by John Scott (as Johnny Scott)
Performed by Johnny Scott and His Orchestra
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"And then..."
23 June 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The sketch show format returned for the fourth episode. 'Hamlet' ( Jones ) goes to see a psychiatrist ( Chapman ), who turns out to be a fake. Other psychiatrists take his place - they turn out to be fakes too. We see the aftermath of a boxing match ( a sequence originally written for 'Monty Python & The Holy Grail' ) - the fighter's victory was secured after his head came off in the final round. A pair of newly-weds ( Cleveland and Jones ) find their wedding night hampered by her annoying father ( Chapman ) who shares their bed and, as the light goes off, starts hammering and chiselling - he is making a model of the 'Cutty Sark' in the dark! Oh, and the Pepperpots return ( Chapman and Jones ).

A mixed bag in terms of sketches. The 'Nationwide' parody is not in the same league as those done by Stanley Baxter and 'End Of Part One', and there's a film sequence on Westminster Bridge which goes on forever and is not particularly funny. Funniest moment - the Queen Victoria race which utilises Queen Victorias instead of horses!

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