7 of 1: Season 1, Episode 5

Another Fine Mess (22 Apr. 1973)

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When Harry and Sydney plan to impersonate Laurel and Hardy, it all gets a bit close to the real thing.




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Episode cast overview:
Harry Norvel
Roy Castle ...
Sydney Jefferson
Avis Bunnage ...
Doris Norvel
Pauline Delaney ...
Edwina (as Pauline Delany)
Margery Mason ...
Dennis Ramsden ...
Pearl Hackney ...
Sally Brelsford ...
Dinah Norvel


When Harry and Sydney plan to impersonate Laurel and Hardy, it all gets a bit close to the real thing.

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The story centres on two Laurel and Hardy impersonators. The surnames of the main characters, Norvell and Jefferson, were part of the real names of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. See more »


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Talent night
23 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another Fine Mess was a one of pilot that did not materialize into a series from the Ronnie Barker 7 of 1 strand.

Barker and Roy Castle play American GIs who married British women and remained in Britain. They try to sneak out into a pub for a talent night where they dress up to appear as Laurel and Hardy impersonators.

On their journey to the pub the evening escalates into a farce very much in the vein of a Laurel and Hardy comedy.

The casting of Castle and Barker is inspired. Barker physically does well as Hardy and Castle very much steps into the shoes of Stan Laurel. In fact there have been many people who have done their own take on Laurel and Hardy, these two have been the best I have seen because of the subtle little things they did that the original duo did in their film shorts and the interplay between the two is just the tops.

Its surprising that this not lead to a series, I guess getting the characters to dress up and enter farcical situations as Laurel and Hardy might be a tall order each week.

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