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At Death's door
1 December 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Eli has been entrusted with stocktaking duties, so to get out of these pretends to be ill. Convinced, Nellie looks after him as a devoted relative should, but then overhears Eli bragging to Stan about having pulled the wool over her eyes. Angered, she decides to get her own back. She tricks her brother into thinking he is terminally ill...

Another great episode from Season 1. The doctor is played by a youthful Andrew Sachs, who this time last year was the most famous actor in the country, thanks to the stupid behaviour of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand. What amused me about the whole affair was the response of their fans, that the row was because the 'older generation was unable to handle edgy humour'. Well, the same generation handled 'Monty Python', Derek & Clive, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Christopher Morris and Armando Ianucci, didn't it. Sachs does not get much of a chance to be funny here, but is wonderfully earnest in the role.

Bert Palmer, who played 'Bert' in these early shows, went on to become 'Uncle Stavely' in the first few seasons of Peter Tinniswood's delightful Northern comedy 'I Didn't Know You Cared'. His catchphrase was "I heard that, pardon?".

Funniest moment - Nellie winding her brother up by bringing an undertaker, clad in top hat, to his bedroom.


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