After a disastrous appearance on "Ooer Sounds a Bit Rude", Richie stumbles into the Nolan Sisters' dressing room and ends up being blackmailed by them. When he and Eddie try to force the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Paul Jackson, Ed Bye

Writers:

Ben Elton, Rik Mayall (additional material)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Edmondson ... Edward Catflap
Rik Mayall ... Richard Rich
Nigel Planer ... Ralph Filthy
Anne Nolan Anne Nolan ... Herself (as The Nolans)
Bernie Nolan Bernie Nolan ... Herself (as The Nolans)
Coleen Nolan Coleen Nolan ... Herself (as The Nolans)
Linda Nolan ... Herself (as The Nolans)
Chris Barrie ... The Director
Alec Bregonzi Alec Bregonzi ... Waiter
Alice Douglas Alice Douglas ... Girl
Harry Enfield ... Julian
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Charlady
Stephen Fry ... P'Farty
Gareth Hale Gareth Hale ... Ivor Whopper
Hugh Laurie ... Alfons N'Bend
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After a disastrous appearance on "Ooer Sounds a Bit Rude", Richie stumbles into the Nolan Sisters' dressing room and ends up being blackmailed by them. When he and Eddie try to force the required money from Filthy Ralph, they end up owing him as well. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1987 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Chris Barrie based his performance on Peter Harris, whom he'd worked with on Spitting Image (1984). According to Barrie, Harris insisted on a vase of lupins with every job. See more »

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Quotes

Richard Rich: Phew! That pipe whiffs like nobody's business!
Edward Catflap: Richie, it's a sewer. It whiffs like everybody's business.
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Connections

Spoofs Are You Being Served? (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

"I'm in the Mood for Dancing' (uncredited)
Performed by The Nolans
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Strident
5 September 2007 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

I remember liking some of this series when it was first shown on BBC television but as many people have pointed out, it was really just a forerunner and template for 'Bottom.'

Far too much talking to the viewer, and strident shouting so beloved of the so called alternative comedians at the time. It also leaves a somewhat nasty taste in the mouth to think that the show's writer, Ben Elton, later became everything he ranted against here, the showbizzy celeb luvvies. I still recall the shock I had when I heard that Elton had written a musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sell-out, thy name is Ben Elton...

As for the episode here, Richie is blackmailed by the Nolan Sisters, proving once again, that singers should stick to singing and not acting. Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry,Hugh Laurie and Chris Barrie all put in appearances and shout along with the rest of the cast.

Time hasn't been kind to this programme and it looks as creaky and clichéd as the targets it was venting it's spleen at.


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