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Playhouse: The Combination (1982)

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


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9 January 1982 (UK)  »

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When the boys are brought before a Magistrate for stealing some pop he castigates them with the following words: "It is a sad state of affairs when the ordinary citizen hardly dare venture onto the streets for being banged on the head by gangs of Cosh Boys with flick knives and bicycle chains. Is there a reason for it? In my humble opinion we are literally - each and every one of us - going to the Devil. And if I had to point the finger at any single responsible body it would be the BBC for paving the way by churning out 'Dick Barton' every single night of the week. If anything was guaranteed to warp the spirit of the young it's that perverted rubbish. The facts are quite simple: when did the country first start going to the dogs? 1946. What was the date of the first broadcast of 'Dick Barton'? 1946. The Devil is on the hoof." The Magistrate is played by Noel Johnson - who played Dick Barton in the popular radio series and to which the boys listen avidly every night. 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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