Each time I watch the series through I am more impressed with Ian Lavender's performance. With the arguable exception of Arthur Lowe (a much more experienced actor with wide resources to draw on) he was the only member of the cast who had to create his character from scratch. The others were playing parts they were known for, and increasingly versions of themselves as the writers incorporated their idiosyncrasies. The 'stupid boy' could so easily have been a pantomime figure. Croft and Perry placed great demands on Lavender's fledgling technique, giving him difficult transitions to handle between farce and realism. He responded magnificently, both in the delivery of his lines and his body language, suggesting a lad just about capable of doing a man's job but still a boy at heart. He retained those qualities even though his characterisation developed richly through the series.
'I enjoyed it, but my sisters thought Miss Lamour was rather fast' 'My mother's gone to another place. Angmering.' 'The Germans make very good binoculars.' 'Oh, do be quiet, Mr Yeatman.'
I know for a fact that Ian does not live in New zealand infact he lives a mile down the road from me in the uk. I wish I knew him i got a bit excited when i saw him the village shop i was nudging my brother going it's pike!!!
Ian and Arthur here in a Barclays Bank advert. Looks like this must have been fairly close to Arthur's passing as his words seem a little indistinct, see what you think....(I wouldn't mind some of those interest rates by the way):