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Playhouse: The Combination (1982)

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John Bird ...
Dr. Hughes-Jones
Duggie Brown ...
Uncle William
Reg Creswell ...
Policeman
Dudley Davies ...
Billy Evans's Gang
Richard Davies ...
Mr Edwards
Julian Davis ...
Johnno
Graham Drury ...
Henry Hughes-Jones
Simon Gray ...
Billy Evans's Gang
Noel Johnson ...
Magistrate
Peter Lee ...
Billy Evans's Gang
Henry Milner ...
Matthew - Bedford
Antonia Pemberton ...
Mrs. Hughes-Jones
Tim Preece
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Father - Mr Bedford
Phillida Sewell ...
Miss Towsy
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9 January 1982 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The motorbike combination registered HAW 73 is local to Shropshire. See more »

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Funny and Sad
11 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen this play, but it stays in my mind: two boys from Shropshire want to go to London to see the Festival of Britain. They try to get there in a go-kart. (Note for American readers: that would be a distance of about 150 miles.) The main character is one of the boys who has a somewhat disturbed father. At one point he has a nightmare of his father screaming and ranting while covered in apple sauce.

The comic Duggie Brown is very good as the boy's awkward but kind-hearted uncle. The script was written by the actor Tim Preece, who also shows up in it as a motorcyclist with an artificial leg. (Preece is perhaps best known as Reggie Perrin's hopeless son-in-law.) A DVD release would be much appreciated: the BBC is sitting on some gems.


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