Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 24, 2010 9:54:54 GMT 12
I love this series, it's superb. All the characters are wonderful, well rounded and really well played and written, and the situations are great, both the episodic ones and the longh running ones such as George's affair.
I believe that a spin-off with Ivy and Twelvetrees and Mabel in the boarding house was planned but the BBC didn't take up the idea. It's sad that the series came to an end, it could have run for many more years in my opinion but the BBC must have found it too costly to make.
My favourite characters are Mabel and Henry. And when i think of Miss Poppy I always think of Mabel's words after Poppy inspected the kitchen, "Cor, what a little cow!"
I'm ashamed to admit I've never actually seen any of this series! I'm not sure why I didn't watch it when it was first shown on tv, I guess I must've been watching something else! How many series did they make?
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 25, 2010 0:17:19 GMT 12
Four series, I think around 30 episodes, but each episode is 50 minutes so it meant much more room for charact and plot development. There was some great classic comedy in this series but also some high drama. Especially between butler Alf Stokes (Paul Shane at his best) and Jim Twelvetrees (Jeff Holland), who despised each other. And also within the family upstairs, particularly when Poppy was being mean to James or Ivy, or the time when George had a huge row with Cissy when she was running for Parliament as a Liberal. Some brilliant acting.
Lots of Croft and Perry greats appear in this as regulars, such as Don Hewlett, Michael Knowles, Bill Pertwee, Frank Williams, Paul Shane, Jeff Holland, Su Pollard, Brenda Cowling, etc and many more turn up as guests as well, such as John Clegg, Felix Bowness, Barry Howard, Hugh Lloyd (David Croft worked on Huh and I in the early days) and from Allo Allo, Guy Siner.
I got the whole 4 series of You Rang from HMV a couple of years ago for £10 - David Croft does hint in his autobiography that during the early 90's when the BBC management & Head of Programmes changed they weren't very interested in the 'C & P' type of humour, I think that & Davids retirement call a halt to the team.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 6, 2010 11:32:39 GMT 12
Tigon, the "wounded in the artillery" was the excuse that was told to Sir Ralph about Sir George to assure him that nothing was going on between George and Lady Agatha. It was a lie of course. There was nothing wrong with poor Ralph. I feel sorry for him too, that women played him for a chump. I did love it when he got into his outraged tantrums, John Horsley was excellent in the role,