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You've Met Dracula, Now Meet The Mummy!

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
21 November 2006

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Blakey's mother moves into the Butler household. She's only supposed to be there for two days, but proves reluctant to leave. Mrs.Blake is domineering, bad-tempered and vain. She has Mrs.Butler cooking her breakfast at 8.30 a.m., polishing her shoes, taking her newspapers, and generally treats her like a dogsbody. Mum is frightened to throw her out for fear of offending Blakey. Matters come to a head at the bingo hall. Winning close to £100, Mrs.Blake refuses to share the money, even though Mum paid for the winning ticket...

Written by George Layton and Jonathan Lynn. Pat Nye's 'Mrs.Blake' is a truly unpleasant woman, who treats her son as though he's still only four years old. One can easily see where Blakey gets his dictatorial qualities from. Doris Hare is magnificent in this episode, her timidity finally breaking through and turning into raw anger.

Funniest moment - Olive relaying Mrs.Blake's complaint about her breakfast.

OLIVE: She says it was only supposed to be a three-minute egg.

MUM: Tell her it was only supposed to be a two-day visit!

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And you thought Blakey was bad!

Author: RaspberryLucozade from Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland
2 January 2017

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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 Butler's 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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