They did show the complete series here in the UK last year, though cos it ran for 40 minutes commercial channels are rather reluctant to give a 50 minute slot to old comedy programmes, I agree with Come Back Mrs Noah, not a great idea & with a limited budget & limited technology at the time it does looks pretty tacky today.
I've actually not seen Come Back Mrs Noah, bar the first episode, since being an easily pleased 12 year old. It amused me as a kid who was into sci-fi and comedy, but as an adult it staggered me that it ever made it to air!
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The only thing I don't really like about Come Back Mrs Noah is that irritating Garstang character, "I fix the lightbulbs", one of those unfunny catchphrases. The premise of the show is ridiculous but the cast is good, except that one that plays the aforementioned Garstang. I didn't even think it was screened in Australia, I don't recall it, but it was, in 1980, back-to-back with repeats of Dad's Army. I first saw it only about two or three years ago on YouTube.
Post by Alan Hayes on Jan 21, 2019 13:15:10 GMT 12
Well, I've just finished watching the final series of You Rang, M'Lord and am kicking myself for not having seen this nigh on perfect series sooner. I can see this is one I will definitely return to again and again.
Post by Alan Hayes on Jan 22, 2019 22:42:06 GMT 12
Cartainly in terms of it giving a continuing storyline, with proper character and situation development, its the best they did. Dad's Army is sublime and pretty much perfect for what it is, but I'd liked to have seen how they might have approached it if each episode could be slightly less self-contained. That's not a criticism of Dad's Army, which was produced in an era where all the classics were similarly structured.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 23, 2019 8:59:59 GMT 12
Allo Allo had the continuing storyline threads through the series so if you came into it partway through the series you may wonder what half the references were about. I think I prefer Dad's Army where they are self contained so we nowadays can choose any at random to watch without having to wonder what happened before it.
However it does work well in YRML because some very intricate stories are woven into the series.
Post by Alan Hayes on Jan 23, 2019 11:10:21 GMT 12
And in many ways, the need to screen YRML in sequence has probably been one of the reasons why it is so rarely repeated. Dad's Army is perfect for scheduling purposes, repeat seasons and 'best ofs' - you could really only run YRML as a 26 episode run, or at the very least in seasons.
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Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 23, 2019 22:27:54 GMT 12
I was like that about a year ago when i found Get Some In on Youtube. I'd always been aware of it but had never seen it. When I watched the first one I found it was so much better than I'd expected, and I related to a lot of the content from my own RNZAF training, so I watched it over a few weeks the entire series. loved it!
After all these testimonials for You Rang M'Lord, I'll have to dust off my DVDs, I think it's in some box under a bed somewhere, and give it another playing, although I do only have Series 1, or 1 and 2. The cast is certainly first-class. To be frank, it's a show I had almost forgotten about until these recent posts. I used to think of it as "oh, that show, yeah, it's OK", obviously I will have to revisit it.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 3, 2019 20:26:59 GMT 12
I have been re-watching this series over the past few weeks, and I am nearly at the end. It's still such a wonderful comedy series, with such great characters, writing, drama, warmth, history, social interplay, and colour. I still feel that Mabel and Henry are my favourite characters, but I love them all, except that wretched cat Poppy. I just love You Rang M'Lord. What a cast of brilliant actors they were. And so neat how many of them come from previous Croft and Perry hits, either as main cast or guests. The series has a realism to it that is tangible. Even the house sets feel real, solid, rather than studio bound. It's so sad that so many of the cast are no longer with us. You Rang M'Lord is a treasure as great as Dad's Army in my opinion.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 8, 2019 21:43:42 GMT 12
I was thinking about that jonboy, and the Meldrums might actually have been OK, because they were not relying on shares and investments. They had already lost all their invested money to the idiot American who wore a boater with his tuxedo.
But they still had the rubber plantation. By 1929 they should have been clear of the beetle problem and hopefully production was back online. Even in the depression there was a need for rubber products.
Cissy and the workers now had the factory though so that could have been a bind for George, unless they were willing to go back to rubber products and were buying the rubber from Union Jack. Maybe George could have found a way to create a new rubber factory and cut them out. But I think maybe they could have weathered the crash... maybe