Carry on Laughing! (1975– )
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Lamp-Posts of the Empire 

A bawdy spoof of the Victorian era when the newspaper reporter Mr. Stanley was sent out to find Dr. Livingstone. Add in a man-chasing beautiful woman, an articulate witch doctor with perfect upper-class English, magic acts and spells, etc.

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Alan Tarrant

Writer:

Lew Schwarz (by)
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Barbara Windsor ... Lady Mary
Kenneth Connor ... Stanley
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... Dick Darcy
Bernard Bresslaw ... Dr. Pavingstone
Peter Butterworth Peter Butterworth ... Lord Gropefinger
Oscar James Oscar James ... Witchdoctor
Norman Chappell Norman Chappell ... Businessman
John Carlin John Carlin ... Old Man
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Neighbour
Reuben Martin Reuben Martin ... Mabel
Wayne Browne Wayne Browne ... Native
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A bawdy spoof of the Victorian era when the newspaper reporter Mr. Stanley was sent out to find Dr. Livingstone. Add in a man-chasing beautiful woman, an articulate witch doctor with perfect upper-class English, magic acts and spells, etc.

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7 December 1975 (UK) See more »

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Carry On Laughing: Lamp-posts Of The Empire (TV) (Alan Tarrant, 1975) **1/2
9 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This above-average episode, which utilizes a flashback structure, has a nice Victorian feeling – though the majority of the action reverts to a studio-bound African setting. It's a parody of the celebrated Stanley and Livingstone adventure story – with Kenneth Connor and Bernard Bresslaw, respectively, in those roles (even if the latter is actually called Pavingstone; there's a running-gag tied up to the equally famous line "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"). Peter Butterworth is the ancient leader of the geographical society (of whom Barbara Windsor is the only female member), Jack Douglas is a guide nicknamed "Elephant Dick" (his trademark twitching eventually causes him to literally lose the expedition's bearing!) and Oscar James appears as the native witch doctor (whose sorcery results in various gorilla mutations, which has the unfortunate effect of arousing the real jungle apes!).


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