Billy Liar (1973–1974)
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Billy and Oriental Philosophy 

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Pamela Vezey ...
Mrs. Alice Fisher
May Warden ...
Grandmother
Sally Watts ...
Barbara
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1 November 1974 (UK)  »

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Billy's Kung Fu Fighting!
3 October 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Billy has been bitten by the Kung Fu bug. To the horror of fiancée Barbara, he breaks off their engagement ( again ) to embark on a quest to China ( or India or Pakistan, he does not know where ) in search of his spiritual destiny.

Billy's Dad is more interested in knowing where his gardening hat and tool bag have mysteriously vanished to. His son is keeping them under his bed, intending to take them with him to the East.

Mr.Shadrach, in the meantime, is alarmed at the spectacle of his junior clerk smashing urns and practising martial arts moves around the funeral parlour...

The movie 'Enter The Dragon' ( starring the late Bruce Lee, of course ) in 1973 provoked a worldwide craze for martial arts movies that even infected British sitcoms. The same year this episode of 'Billy Liar' went out, 'Steptoe & Son' did 'The Seven Steptoerai', a very funny homage to Akiro Kurasawa, climaxing with a pitched battle between a gang of thugs and Albert's pensioner friends.

Most of Billy's daydreams are spoofs of the hit American series 'Kung Fu' which starred David Carradine. Billy plays 'Caine' ( the Carradine character ) with his Dad as the blind 'Master Po' ( played in the original by Keye Luke ).

Alan Chuntz choreographed the fights, which are unusually violent for a prime time sitcom. The scene where Mr.Fisher punches Billy in the face made my jaw drop.

Funniest moment - Billy's 'Ironside' impression, achieved with the aid of his granny's wheelchair!


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