Blakey's mother comes to stay and proves to be a thoroughly unpleasant and domineering woman who treats her Cyril as if he was a little boy and Mum and Olive as if they were her servants. ... See full summary »

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Blakey's mother comes to stay and proves to be a thoroughly unpleasant and domineering woman who treats her Cyril as if he was a little boy and Mum and Olive as if they were her servants. Mum bears it for a while because she fears Blakey and his rent money will go if she stands up to the old dragon but the last straw comes at the social club's bingo night,when Jack calls the winning number - on Mrs. Blake's card but paid for by Mum. Blakey's Mum has won ninety-seven pounds, which she refuses to share,causing Mum to finally snap and let fly at her,with support from an unexpected quarter. Written by don @ minifie-1

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22 April 1973 (UK)  »

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And you thought Blakey was bad!
2 January 2017 | by (Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Blakey has received a letter from his mother saying that she is coming to pay him a visit. She is a total dragon. She has Mum and Olive bringing her breakfast in bed as well as polishing her shoes. She even makes Blakey wash his hands and behind his ears before sitting down to dinner. Mum is too scared to throw her out for fear of offending Blakey.

However, things reach boiling point when at the bingo hall Mrs. Blake refuses to share her £97 winnings with Mum, even though it was her that paid for the winning ticket. Mum loses her rag and lets Mrs. Blake know exactly what she thinks of her. Surprisingly, Blakey takes the Butlers side.

Scripted by George Layton & Jonathan Lynn, this is a not bad little episode, affording us the chance to see why Blakey is in possession of such an arrogant streak. Pat Nye, who reminds for some reason of Peggy Mount, is excellent as Blakey's mother. She earlier played a similar character in an episode of 'Please Sir' and later appeared in an episode of another Wolfe & Chesney scripted show - the underrated 'Yus, My Dear'.

Funniest moment - Mum meeting Mrs. Blake for the first time.

MUM: You must be Inspector Blake's mother? I'm Stan's mother.

MRS. BLAKE: Who's Stan?

MUM: Olive's brother.

MRS. BLAKE: Who's Olive?

MUM: Stan's sister!

Predictable I know but the way Doris Hare said it was hilarious.


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