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Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard 

Albert comes in late one night having got involved with séances and local medium Madame Fontana, who communicates with the dead via her spirit guide Geronimo. Harold is sceptical and messes... See full summary »

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Harry H. Corbett ...
Wilfrid Brambell ...
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Madame Fontana
Gwen Nelson ...
Dorothy
Gilly Flower ...
Mrs. Sheldon
David J. Grahame ...
Mr. Sheldon (as David J. Graham)
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Albert comes in late one night having got involved with séances and local medium Madame Fontana, who communicates with the dead via her spirit guide Geronimo. Harold is sceptical and messes about when Albert produces a Ouija board. However Madame Fontana comes to the house to give a séance, along with Dorothy, a widow Albert hopes to marry. Through Madame Fontana the old couple discover that their late spouses want them to marry. Harold's cynicism leads to the discovery that Albert has told Dorothy he is very well off and the medium is actually her daughter working a scam. Albert has a lucky escape. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 October 1974 (UK)  »

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Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard
23 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The last episode in the regular series and things go bump in the night or the furniture as Albert has met a widow, Dorothy and together they have been visiting a medium, Madame Fontana (Patricia Routledge.)

Harold finds this all amusing as well as a con so Albert decides to hold a seance in the house. Well Madame Fontana takes a shine to Harold and then channels the spirit of Geronimo to speak to the other side and it certainly is not the programme controller of ITV about switching channels.

It looks like Madame Fontana has managed to contact both Albert's and Dorothy's spouses who want them to get married again. However Harold's behaviour lets Dorothy to reveal that Madame Fontana is actually her daughter and the seance was done to engineer Albert getting married to Dorothy as he let on he was wealthy. Still Madame Fontana does not leave without a rendition of Henry the Eighth I am.

Routledge certainly puts in an enthusiastic performance as the dodgy medium and Harold has fun pulling Albert's leg. Enjoyable but not a classic.


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