Maybe it is a daft thing to do, a bit like the old comparing of apples and pears, but I have been listening to these two during my summer holiday. Which do you prefer? I haven’t heard all ”Parsley” yet but I am leaning towards ”It sticks out...”.
Maybe this should have been in a new thread all together, in that case I apologize!
Post by Andy Howells on Aug 24, 2019 22:12:42 GMT 12
Oh, I think Parsley Sidings wins hands down for me. I always seem to get something new from Parsley Sidings each time I listen to it and although I don't recall listening to the original broadcasts it does seem to transfer me back to the finer aspect of original comedy from the early 70s.
Arthur and Ian are technically recreating the nucleus of their roles from Dad's Army here, although I think Hepplewhite perhaps isn't as pompous as Mainwaring and been a father has mellowed him.
Kenneth Connor is brilliant in numerous roles and you also have the lovely Liz Frazer (my favourite Carry On Girl as Gloria).
Thers also occasional guest stars, Bill Pertwee, Roger Delgado among others, and Jim Eldridge brilliant scripts. I listened to it in its entirety recently and its a shame the BBC didn't look after it properly the first time around - would be great to have a clearer pilot episode though!
ISOHAM I have also listened to in its entirety this year, and like I've said previously as nice as it is to have John, Ian, Bill and occasionally Janet Davies back together one last time, there are still a few elements missing for me including the familiarity of Walmington! I'm glad we have it back though and its a fun occasional listen even if the plot never seems to go anywhere and just fades away towards the end of the run!
Right you are Andy about the ISOHAM plot, it really doesn’t lead anywhere, and actually for me that’s part of the charm! I also like how Wilson - in a kind of sad way - sums it all up by saying that he in many ways miss the war years.
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”