Citizen Smith: Season 4, Episode 2

Changes (30 May 1980)

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Wolfie and Ken return to Tooting, where they persuade Dad to give them their old room back and where they reconcile Tucker with his wife. Wolfie is horrified to discover that Harry Fenning ... See full summary »

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Wolfie Smith / Wolfie
Mike Grady ...
Ken (as Michael Grady)
Hilda Braid ...
Mum
Tony Steedman ...
Dad
Tony Millan ...
Tucker (as Anthony Millan)
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Ronnie Lynch
Susan Baker ...
Mandy Lynch (as Susie Baker)
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Fiona Sykes (as Ros Elliot)
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Wolfie and Ken return to Tooting, where they persuade Dad to give them their old room back and where they reconcile Tucker with his wife. Wolfie is horrified to discover that Harry Fenning has gone - murdered, according to the gossip, and that the pub has been taken over by another businessman of questionable morals - Ronnie Sykes, who may well have killed Harry and incurs Wolfie's displeasure even further by refusing to let him have a bar tab. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Tucker's serenade
4 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Wolfie is looking forward to going back to Harry Fenning's pub so he can add to his 'slate', but he has a shock in store - the place has gone upmarket, and has a new owner, Ronnie Lynch ( David Garfield ), whom it is rumoured has had Fenning quietly bumped off. Wolfie's hopes to get credit there are cruelly dashed. The attractive barmaid Mandy ( Susie Baker ) takes a shine to Wolfie, but there's more bad news - she is Lynch's wife.

Having moved back in with the Johnsons, Wolfie and Ken decide to help Tucker with his failing marriage. Acting on a suggestion from Florence, Wolfie and Tucker decide to 'woo' June by miming to love songs outside her flat...

With Stephen Grief no longer in the show, John Sullivan created a not-dissimilar character in the form of 'Ronnie Lynch'. It does not quite work, however, as short, balding Lynch looks like the sort of bloke Fenning would have had for breakfast. David Garfield is a very good actor though; he made a splendid German villain - 'Von Weich - in the 'Dr.Who' classic 'The War Games' in 1969. Nice to see Rosalind ( here billed simply as 'Ros' ) Eliot back as 'Fiona Sykes', a character she played in Season 1's 'The Path Of True Love'. Lynch has her working as a waitress in his pub. 'Tucker' gets more than his usual share of action. His admission that he loves wearing cowboy clothes is simply hysterical. Wife 'June' is never seen, apart from a shot of wrinkled stockings ( obviously related to 'Nora Batty' ).

My D.V.D. copy has been edited to remove the Beatles' song 'Help!' from the scene where Tucker mimes to Wolfie's records. Shame as its a very funny scene.

Funniest moment - Wolfie tries to psycho-analyse Tucker by subjecting him to The Rorshach Ink Blot Test. Each time he sees a picture, the cowboy thinks of sex. When Wolfie complains: Tucker says: "Don't keep showing me all these dirty pictures then!".


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