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Five Go Mad in Dorset 

In the 1950s four children, Anne, described as a 'proper little housewife',the rather butch George who has an unhealthy relationship with her dog Timmy and their brothers Dick and Julian,... See full summary »

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Bob Spiers
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Adrian Edmondson ... Dick
Dawn French ... George
Peter Richardson Peter Richardson ... Julian
Jennifer Saunders ... Anne
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Toby Thurlow
Robbie Coltrane ... Gypsy / Shopkeeper
Ronald Allen ... Uncle Quentin
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Police Inspector
Sandra Dorne ... Aunt Fanny
Nosher Powell Nosher Powell ... Fingers
Ron Tarr Ron Tarr ... Dirty Dick
Bimbo Bimbo ... Timmy
Barney Sharp Barney Sharp ... Policeman (as Barney Sharpe)
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In the 1950s four children, Anne, described as a 'proper little housewife',the rather butch George who has an unhealthy relationship with her dog Timmy and their brothers Dick and Julian,whose relationship seems to be more than fraternal,go on a cycling holiday in Dorset where their flair for detection - plus their snobbery and xenophobia - gets a whole string of suspicious characters arrested.

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English

Release Date:

2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This programme aired as part of the first night of Channel 4. See more »

Quotes

Dick: [pointing at the black station porter pushing their luggage on a trolley] I say, Ju! That man looks foreign!
George: Yes, I expect his name's 'Golliwog'!
Anne: [giggles] Yes, or Tarzan!
Julian: I think we'd better call the police just as soon as we get back to Kirrin Cottage.
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Connections

Featured in The Comic Strip Presents...: Five Go to Rehab (2012) See more »

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In Party Mood
Composed by Jack Strachey (uncredited)
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so accurately critiqued it stops being funny
7 April 2009 | by huh_oh_i_cSee all my reviews

Of course, it's still somewhat funny.

But I'm afraid it's all rather depressing.

The revealing of the misogynist, paternalistic, patronizing and racist attitudes, in the satirized story is so sharp, that what once was covered up by love for the series now rears it's ugly head.

For example, when Dick says "Anne is *just* a girl, but she's still capable of doing this and that", or when the shopkeeper is fully submissive, one realizes that this isn't a gross distortion of of the books themselves. In fact it's hardly a distortion at all. And these attitudes are recurring frequently throughout the books.

Then again one could revel in the fact that all these outdated opinions and attitudes are firmly in the past, as opposed to getting mad that it was so bad just 30 years ago.

We really could take the brighter since here, and consider how nice that those despicable attitudes {the anti-feminism, the supremacy of upper-middle class {the children} over lower-middle class {the shopkeeper}) are a thing of the past.

We could. But maybe we shouldn't.


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