Billy Liar: Season 2, Episode 13

Billy and a Missing Item (6 Dec. 1974)

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Mrs. Alice Fisher
May Warden ...
Grandmother
Sally Watts ...
Barbara
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"Why am I doing this at my age?"
21 October 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Billy has really done it this time. Not only has he made multiple dates with girls on the same night, but an urn containing the ashes of a valued client has mysteriously disappeared from Shadrach & Duxbury's funeral parlour. The undertaker subjects Billy to relentless questioning.

Back home, the Fishers are struggling to redecorate their living room without the paint Billy promised to bring home from work...

The last 'Billy Liar' episode of all, and a disappointing finale to the series. Billy is kept away from his family for almost the whole episode, and when he finally goes home we are not privileged to see or hear the argument raging in the living room. Our last sight is of him emerging covered in yellow paint.

It beggars belief that Billy would so daft as to set up dates with practically every eligible female in Stradhoughton on the same night, besides this plot device had been used in the previous series. The main joke here is Mr.Fisher roping in various visitors to assist in the redecoration of the lounge.

The impression given is of Waterhouse and Hall running out of ideas. Which may explain why this was the last episode. Even the scenes where Billy sees his employer and family as Nazis had been done before.

Eighteen months later, another comedy character with a strong fantasy life found his way onto British television. Although not as young as Billy, Reginald Iolanthe Perrin was every bit as imaginative.

Funniest moment - Mr.Fisher searches for Grandma, and finds he has absentmindedly covered her in a sheet!


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