Casanova '73 (1973– )
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Episode #1.7 

Henry is suffering from impotence but Carol is not particularly sympathetic. To recover, Henry tries to have an affair with Muriel and again fails. When her husband returns, Henry hides in the wardrobe but getting home is very difficult.
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Elvi Hale ...
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Ray Edwards ...
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Henry is suffering from impotence and he is worried about it being the end. Carol is not particularly sympathetic. In his self-indulgent state he gives Carol permission to have an affair, as long as it is not one of his friends. To recover, Henry tries to have an affair with Muriel and again fails. Suddenly, Muriel's husband turns up so Henry has to hide in the wardrobe. This leads to the farcical situation of how Henry is going to get out of the house, especially when the husband decides to have a day in bed. Written by jem

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29 October 1973 (UK)  »

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Henry's Final Fling!
21 April 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The final episode of Galton and Simpson's mickey-take of the sexual revolution brought the series to a definite end. Henry is suffering from that middle-aged man's curse - impotence. "If Raquel Welch walked in here now stark naked, I's be lucky to raise a smile!", he tells Carol in bed. He vows to visit a private doctor, but does not. He instead winds up in the bed of tarty Muriel ( Elvi Hale ), whose husband is in Scarborough.

Henry's problem does not go away. But he has an even worse one to contend with - her moronic husband Montague ( George Murcell ) comes home unexpectedly early. He is a professional wrestler built like a Yeti. A terrified Henry hides in the wardrobe...

This is the most farcical of the episodes, with Henry trapped and Murial having to pass him food when her husband isn't looking. Despite his appalling behaviour in earlier stories, you do feel sorry for him with regards to his personal problem. Viagra was not around then, so he has to suffer regardless.

Elvi Hale was 'Anne Of Cleves' in the B.B.C.'s classic series 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII', while Geoge Murcell played villains in both 'The Saint' ( 'The Death Game' and 'The Power Artists' ) and 'The Avengers' ( 'You Have Just Been Murdered' ).

The ending has Henry regaining his sexual prowess and vowing only to use it on Carol from then on. Obviously had another series been made this would have been forgotten but it makes a nice conclusion all the same. The series was doomed from the moment the B.B.C. shoved it into a late-night slot.

One script was left-over, and it was made into an episode of 'The Galton & Simpson Playhouse' in 1977 starring Richard Briers.

Funniest moment - Murial giving Henry a bottle of wine and a salad through the wardrobe door, followed by a box. "Ah, pudding!", says Henry, excitedly. But it contains instead a jug for him to pee in.

Despite the often objectionable nature of this series, I enjoyed seeing it again after all these years. One has to remember that it very much a product of its times, hailing from the same era as 'Are You Being Served?'. It did offend some, mostly women. Personally any show that got up Mrs.Whitehouse's nose is fine by me. The sight of a 44 year-old man relentlessly chasing nubile young women for his own sexual gratification would not go down well now. Best viewed as a period piece.

I'll leave the final word to Leslie Phillips himself. When asked whether he ever enjoyed Henry's lifestyle for real, he laughed and shook his head. "One would be tired all the time, wouldn't one?".


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