Harold wants to go to Switzerland for Christmas whilst Albert, as usual, prefers Bognor, though he is persuaded to go provided they sail, rather than fly. However he has no passport and ... See full summary »




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Wilfrid Brambell ...
Harry H. Corbett ...
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Harold wants to go to Switzerland for Christmas whilst Albert, as usual, prefers Bognor, though he is persuaded to go provided they sail, rather than fly. However he has no passport and when Harold finds his birth-certificate in order to get him one, it turns out that Albert is the illegitimate son of the muffin man and the picture of his supposed father is really Gladstone. At customs Albert's new passport is accepted but Harold's is a year out of date, so Albert happily goes on the holiday alone, unaware that Harold has actually cooked a scheme allowing him to spend Christmas with his girl-friend - in Bognor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 December 1974 (UK)  »

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The final totter
22 August 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Broadcast on Boxing Day 1974, this extended episode was the last outing for those lovable rag and bone men from Oil Drum Lane, Shepherds Bush. Harold returns home to find Albert putting up tatty decorations. So incensed is the old man at his son's sarcasm he tears them all down. Harold wants to spend Christmas abroad, and a debate ensues as to where they should go. Albert is keen on Bognor. They eventually settle on Switzerland. There is just one problem - in order to get an emergency passport, the old man needs his birth certificate...

Apart from Leon Eagles ( cast as an immigration officer ), this is virtually a two-hander. Viewers must have wondered if they were not watching a re-run of the previous year's special, in which Harold also wanted to spend the festive season abroad. But this goes off in an entirely different direction, ending in a clear victory for Harold for once. Harold's description of Christmas telly in those days is bang on

  • tinselled editions of variety shows such as 'Lulu' and 'Cilla' ( to

be fair, there was also 'Morecambe & Wise' and 'The Two Ronnies' ).

Funniest moment - Harold taking the mickey out of his Dad's decorations. "Some of them have been up there since I was five!".

Second funniest moment - Harold's amusement on finding his Dad is the illegitimate son of the muffin man!

Though this was the last television episode, Corbett and Brambell reunited a few years later for their ill-fated Australian tour, and then did a Kenco coffee commercial in 1980 ( with Corbett looking noticeably unwell ). You can find it on 'T.V. Ark'.

Corbett died two years later, Brambell passed on in 1985. The B.B.C. repeated 'Divided We Stand' as a tribute to the former, while there was a series of repeats already underway on B.B.C.-2 on Friday nights at 9 P.M. at the time of the latter's passing. At the time of writing, Sky's 'Gold' channel are showing repeats, and the entire series is on D.V.D. Alas, the disc containing the Christmas Specials contains noticeable cuts. Shame on you '2entertain' for treating a classic this way.

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