Written by Henry Charles, 'Love Is All' is the fifth episode of Season 3 of the hit I.T.V. sitcom 'Romany Jones'. Jeremy ( Jonathan Cecil ) appears to have lost interest in the romance department, so Susan ( Gay Soper ) takes him along to the local cinema to watch a hot French film. Eileen ( Maureen Sweeney ) works there as usherette. Also present are Wally ( Arthur Mullard ) and Lil ( Queenie Watts ). As the film unfolds, Lil suddenly realises she isn't watching a musical...
Good episode. Funniest moment - Lil grumbling about the sexual activity on screen. Unable to see any of it, Wally pinches her Mary Whitehouse-style glasses!
Oh dear, David Butcher of 'The Radio Times' is upset because Ben Elton's new show 'The Wright Way' is not 'Blackadder Goes Forth'. Most of us had already guessed that it would not be. Butcher complains that Ben is no longer the angry young man of old. Well, he is in his fifties now. What got my goat was Butcher's claim that Elton had 'sandblasted the pebble-dash of tit-gags and racism' that passed for comedy in the '70's. I agree that the alternative comedy boom was overall a good thing, but that 'pebble-dash' also included the likes of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', 'Ripping Yarns', 'End Of Part One', 'Rutland Weekend Television', and 'Yes Minister'. Butcher, like a lot of 70's-phobes, resorts to crude generalisations to make a point. He would have us believe that all 70's comedy shows were either like 'Are You Being Served' or 'Love Thy Neighbour'. With numerous successful stage shows and books behind him, Elton does not need to pay much heed to Butcher. He is able to borrow Joseph Heller's famous defence. When asked why he had not written anything as good as 'Catch-22' recently, he replied: "Neither has anyone else!".
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