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Dave Deacon
David Auker ...
Billy Watson
Richard Davies ...
Stan Evans
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Sharon Armstrong
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29 September 1984 (UK)  »

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The Bottle Boys Diaries Part 4 ('One Good Turn')
27 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

ONE GOOD TURN After a few dud episodes this turns out to be a genuinely funny outing, featuring "guest artiste Bernie Winters", who (in the context of the show at least) is portrayed as an A-list, nay God-like, figure. Stan (a.k.a. the Welsh bloke from Please Sir) is under pressure to organize a concert at an old people's home, and Dave suggests getting Bernie Winters- whom he knows from his rounds -to compare the show. News that Dave knows someone as world famous as Bernie Winters, and can persuade him to turn up, is greeted with awe and amazement by his co-workers. Unfortunately Dave gets his wires crossed and instead accidentally calls up another of his customers, used car salesman Benny Winters, to do the show. With the show missing a star, its left to Dave to dress up as Bernie Winters, complete with buck teeth and giant stuffed Schnorbitz toy dog, and well he is not very convincing, as one character remarks he looks "more like Esther Rantzen".

At the same time however the real Bernie Winters, no doubt fresh from appearing in Mary Millington's World Striptease Extravaganza, just happens to turn up at the Kings' Arms, to a huge round of applause from the shows audience. He's less familiar, however, to the barman who mistakes him for Ken Dodd, and adding insult to injury he just happens to be the customer Dave decides to try out his bad Bernie Winters impression on. A very funny scene, mainly due to the fact that Winters (understandably) cant keep a straight face upon meeting this mutation of Askwith, himself and Esther Rantzen. Sensing the audience's amusement, a mischievous Askwith pokes and prods Winters with the giant Schnorbitz toy dog, every time Winters tries to deliver a line. After refusing Dave's offer to impersonate Bernie Winters for three quid, Winters storms off doing an impression of Ken Dodd.

With no Bernie, Dave mournfully takes to the stage to tell a packed audience the bad news. But as "Bernie didn't want to let the old folks down", he and Schnorbitz turn up at the last minute to save the day. Such is Bernie's popularity that Charles and Diana also show up, but much to Dave's horror get turned away at the door (and no wonder, the actors playing them are rubbish look-alikes)


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