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Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »
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Popular BBC sketch show that introduces a whole host of memorable characters such as Tim-Nice-But-Dim, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, The Old Gits and teenagers Kevin and Perry. The show spawned a slew of spin-off series and films.
Two early thirties best friends live together while having completely different personalities. While their girlfriends try to help them take on more responsibilities the boys seldom respond well and usually end up drinking together.
Frank Spencer is more than just a complete klutz. Everything he touches falls apart, and he can't keep a job for more than a day. The only thing that keeps him going is his long-suffering wife Betty, who somehow manages to cope with his disaster-prone life-style.Written by
Michael Crawford was the third choice for the role of Frank Spencer. The part had been created for Norman Wisdom (based on the physical clowning, pratfalls and ineptitude of his "Gump" character), but he Had to turn it down due to other commitments . Ronnie Barker also turned it down. Dudley Moore was also considered for the role. See more »
Australia House (Series 3). When the phone rings asking Frank to go and have a look at the electrics in a house, the address he is given over the phone to him which is written down by Betty is "26 Upton down". However when Frank arrives the number on the door is 24. See more »
Michael Crawford was a quirky boy actor in 50s films and as a young adult in 60s films where he usually played the odd man out, out of sync with swinging London. His offbeat charm was a success in big films like HELLO HOLLY, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE KNACK, and TWO LEFT FEET.
When he came to British TV in his early 30s, he brought his original style along with him to fashion the hapless Frank Spencer, the disaster-prone but lovable TV character. Crawford seems to have harvested all sort of old Music Hall bits and pieces in creating the slightly spastic, prissy Frank whose constant tinkering and butting in wreaks all kinds of havoc. The slapstick comedy recalls the time-honored work of Buster Keaton (a co-star in FORUM).
Seemingly adrift in his own catastrophic universe, his only real connections with the real world are his wife Betty (Michele Dotrice) and baby daughter Jessica. Otherwise, Frank lives in a constant state of harassment from co-workers in the endless parade of failed jobs, nasty neighbors, a mother in law, and even the local priest.
Yet Crawford makes Frank a character you root for even as you laugh at his silliness and foresee his failures. On top of this, Crawford proves to be a splendid slapstick comedian, doing all his own stunt work (as he did in his films) that involves all sorts of situations.
Familiar faces among the guest stars over the course of the series include Jane Hylton as the mother in law, Bryan Pringle, George Baker, James Cossins, Christopher Timothy, Peter Jeffrey, Cyril Luckham, Bernard Hepton, Deddie Davies, Desmond Llewelyn, Sydney Tafler, Hazel Bainbridge, Glynn Edwards, Roland Curram, Derek Farr, Diana King, and Dick Bentley as Grandad.
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