Ripping Yarns: Season 1, Episode 2

The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (27 Sep. 1977)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Comedy
8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 76 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Eric Olthwaite is so boring that his family all leave home to escape him. Then one day he is accidentally caught up in a bank robbery and discovers that the robber shares his interests in ... See full summary »

Director:

(uncredited)

Writers:

(by), (by)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1291 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (27 Sep 1977)

The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (27 Sep 1977) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ripping Yarns.
« Previous Episode | 2 of 9 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
Eric Olthwaite / Bank Manager
Barbara New ...
Mrs. Olthwaite
John Barrett ...
Mr. Olthwaite
Anita Carey ...
Irene Olthwaite
Liz Smith ...
Mrs. Bag
Reg Lye ...
Mr. Bag
Petra Markham ...
Enid Bag
Kenneth Colley ...
Arthur the Robber
Roger Avon ...
Chauffeur
Clifford Kershaw ...
Mayor
...
1st Pressman
Anthony Smee ...
2nd Pressman
Marcelle Samett ...
Boy's Mother
Peter Graham ...
Boy
Edit

Storyline

Eric Olthwaite is so boring that his family all leave home to escape him. Then one day he is accidentally caught up in a bank robbery and discovers that the robber shares his interests in shovels,black pudding and rainfall so they team up to make daring raids to steal rainfall records. As a result Eric becomes famous and is considered interesting again,so much so that he is made the mayor of Denley Moor. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 September 1977 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Eric Olthwaite: It were hard to accept I were boring. Especially with my interest in rain fall.
See more »

Soundtracks

Stings
(uncredited)
Music by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
IQ Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The bore of Denley Moor!
17 April 2014 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

'The Testing Of Eric Olthwaite' was the first 'Ripping Yarns' episode made following the pilot 'Tomkinson's Schooldays'. Palin and Jones decided to remove the Pythonesque element from the show, and do something in a gentler vein. 'Testing' tells the story of Eric Olthwaite ( Palin ), a man so incredibly boring his interests go no further than how black a black pudding can be, his neighbour's shovels, and rainfall. His family get so fed up of him they leave home, taking the outside loo with them. Eric decides to make himself more interesting by getting a job in a bank, and that's where he meets 'Arthur' ( Ken Colley, who played 'Jesus' in 'Monty Python's Life Of Brian' ), who is robbing the place. Arthur takes along Eric as hostage...

As noted earlier, the humour is considerably different from the previous episode. There is affection on view for the characters, particularly boring old Eric. Influences here come from any number of Northern dramas, the Alec Guinness movie 'The Card', 'Bonnie & Clyde', and even a famous television commercial for Hovis bread. The supporting cast includes Barbara New and John Barett as Eric parents, Anita Carey as Eric's toilet-mouthed sister, Petra Markham as 'Enid Bag' ( who is sexually promiscuous but Eric never notices this ), and Reg Lye ( an Australian actor who came to Britain in the 19960's and made a living playing Cockneys, Scots, and various assorted nationalities! ).

Funniest moment - Eric fetching coal for the fire. Its located in a sideboard in the living room!

Palin and Jones decided to have another crack at northern melodrama in Season 2's 'Golden Gordon' ( which references 'Testing' ).


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great DVD space_hamsters
How many episodes? stanb-4
Where's the DVD? semprini20
Subtitles or transcripts.. ejhler
secrets bonus not on US DVD, why? sguphx
RIPPING YARNS STAGE SHOW NEXT WEEK! Perris
Discuss The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?