Casanova '73: Season 1, Episode 3

Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1973)

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Henry had been to a charity ball and disappeared to have a quick fling with a fire-eating stripper. The next day, he is having lunch with her when his nosey neighbour turns up. He goes around to his neighbour's house to keep her quiet.

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Episode cast overview:
Jan Holden ...
Josephine Tewson ...
Mrs. Kershaw
John F. Landry ...
Ivan Santon ...
Restaurant manager
Rosamond Burne ...
Mrs. Kershaw's friend
Colin Bean ...
Coffee-stall proprietor


Henry and Carol are hungover after a charity ball the night before. He disappeared during the night and he has to think quickly to explain his long absence. His nosey neighbour, Mrs Kershaw, calls in and proceeds to interrogate Henry to his discomfort. It turns out the reason for his absence is Gloria, a fire-eater and stripper. Henry then arranges to meet Gloria for lunch. Things are going well until Mrs Kershaw arrives at the restaurant. To keep her quiet he goes around to her place to talk to her. Written by jem

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Eaten Alive By The Widow Twankey!
19 March 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Another saucy romp with Henry Newhouse, the man who makes Dr.Dick Stuart-Clark from the 'Doctor' series seem like a monk.

It is morning, and Henry and Carol are both hung-over following a boozy charity event the night before. Carol wants to know where her husband disappeared to in the middle of it. "I was with Dick.", he says, thinking on his feet. "Dick who?". Staring at the cup in his hand, he replies: "Dick Cupp!". Carol sarcastically responds with: "Does he have a brother called Sid?". He spins a yarn about how he met an old friend from Australia and went off to chat to him.

In reality, however, he was with Gloria ( Maureen Lipman ), a fire-eating stripper. They meet up again later that day in a restaurant.

Then disaster strikes - Henry spots a nosey neighbour called Mrs.Kershaw ( Josephine Tewson ) dining with a friend and, borrowing Gloria's black wig - sneaks out of the restaurant in disguise.

But he is sufficiently unsettled by Mrs.Kershaw's presence to want to visit her at home, and try to get her to keep quiet. The widow agrees to do so, provided he sleep with her. Emerging tired from her room some time later, he is about to leave when the old battle-axe admits: "I did not see you last night! Never mind Henry, your secret is safe with me!". For once, the super-stud of suburbia has been outwitted by a female!

I am sure Maureen Lipman does not regard this as a career highpoint ( the role seems to have been written for the late Wendy Richard ), but nevertheless she is great as the tarty stripper. Ditto Josephine Tewson as the dragon-like 'Mrs.Kershaw' ( who looks uncannily like the show's fiercest critic Mary Whitehouse! ).

'Dad's Army' fans will recognise the coffee-stall owner - it is 'Private Sponge' ( Colin Bean ).

The producer of this series was Harold Snoad, later to make 'Keeping Up Appearances'. That programme's theme tune was by Nick Ingham, who also worked on this.

Funniest moment - after making love, Gloria comes over all religious. "I come from a family of Quakers!". He shoots back with: "Well, you've had your oats, haven't you?". Not the world's wittiest line, but impeccably delivered by Phillips.

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