Romany Jones: Season 3, Episode 4

The Dinner (6 Sep. 1974)

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Joan Benham ...
Mrs. Thornton
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Maureen Sweeney ...
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The uneatables
24 April 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Jeremy, keen to get his foot on the promotion ladder, invites his boss 'Mr.Thornton' ( Geoffrey Keen ) and his wife ( Joan Benham ) to the caravan for dinner. Unfortunately, Susan entrusts the cooking duties to Lil and Wally. To make the scampi go round, Lil augments it with fish fingers, garnished with grass from a patch of ground where he takes his whippet to do its business each morning. When Wally ruins the beef bourginion by tipping salt over it, Lil is forced to use the reheated left-overs from the previous night's beef stew. It seems a lot meatier than before - it contains dog food donated generously by Eileen...

Wolfe and Chesney's episode is very good, but smacks of the 'Steptoe & Son' classic 'Loathe Story' at times, particularly the dinner scene where Harold brought home a posh girl ( Joanna Lumley ) and her stuck-up mother ( Georgina Cookson ). Geoffrey Keen was well known at this time for his role in the B.B.C. drama series 'The Troubleshooters' and would go on to play 'Sir Frederick Gray' in several James Bond movies. Joan Benham was 'Lady Loftus' in the 'Doctor' series and 'Lady Pru Fairfax' in 'Upstairs, Downstairs'.

Funniest moment - Lil interrupting the meal to tell everyone it has dog food in it. They had been enjoying it until then!

Now that Margaret Thatcher's been laid to rest, can we finally view her time in office without the rose-tinted spectacles? B.B.C. News trotted out that tired clip of people shopping by candlelight to illustrate how 'awful' the country was in the days before she came to power. You have to wonder where it came from - there was no late-night shopping then, no-one would have been allowed to use lit candles in a dark shop because of the fire risk even if there had been, and the shoplifting opportunities would have been limitless. The annual rate of increase in GDP between 1980 and 1989 was 2.2% per annum, exactly the same rate was recorded between the years 1970 and 1979, the decade when everything was supposed to be going to pot. Some economic miracle.


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