On BBC Radio 4 Extra, on thursday (24th) the pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half A Mile, Loyal Support, starring Arthur and John Le Mes will be broadcast at 8am 12pm and 7pm.
This will be the first time i will have heard the pilot episode as i missed it last time it was on, looking forward now to hearing it.
George Mainwaring has returned to England, having been working in Switzerland. He is shocked to learn that Frambourne is demolishing the local pier. Mainwaring goes to the bank to get a loan so that he can buy the pier, and is startled to discover the bank manager is his former employee, Arthur Wilson.
I am not sure yet if the 2 series will follow as the listing guide does not specify programmes more than a week ahead, but when i find out i will post it here.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2013 6:04:51 GMT 12 by stephen68
I think all 14 episodes are available, through many are off air recordings of variable quality, they were broadcast a few years back when 4xtra was Radio 7, I did read that some better ones hace been found so hopefully these will be aired soon.
There were two attempts at turning it into a TV series, the first was a BBC pilot Walking the Planks starring Michael Elphick then it was taken to Yorkshire TV as High & Dry with Bernard Cribbens but cancelled after 7 episodes, I don't remember seeing any of them.
Listened to episode 1 The Business Proposition last night as with the pilot for the first time. Enjoyable half an hour.
As i expected quite a bit of the pilot was re used to good effect, along side obviously required changes, looking forward to listening to all the episodes.
I did pick up on a small continuity error, as Wilson did say that Pike was 22 years old in 1948, whereas in Dad's he was 17 years old in 1940 which means Pike should be 25 in 1948 when the show is set.
Recognised straight away the voice of Gordon Peters as one of the Frambourne Council committee.
A very good start as far as im concerned.
Last Edit: Feb 2, 2013 22:56:53 GMT 12 by stephen68
I had some neighbours who were Jewish and they would never buy anything German & my ex-wife's uncle who was a POW who wouldn't even speak to a Japanese person let alone buy anything & that was still true over 50 years after the war finished..so some people never forgive, I guess it depends on personal experiences.
Listened to today's episode, War Damage, and i found it the funniest episode since the original pilot, Wilson being nicknamed Stinker at school because he was a joker definitely went against type, somehow can't imagine Wilson as a prankster.
Last Edit: Apr 12, 2013 0:15:58 GMT 12 by stephen68
Listened to the final episode this morning. After hearing about 75% of all the shows, my honest opinion was that it was all in all average, not as funny as i was expecting it to be. A programme i think would have worked better on telly as there were a lot of gags in the shows that would have been good visually. Id give the whole It Sticks Out Half A Mile 6/10.
As I mentioned earlier a BBC pilot was shown but with a different cast, I guess if Bill & Ian weren't available at the time they used other actors, that's what the BBC did back then , it was produced by Harold Snoad and was broadcast in August 1985.
I listened to tonight's episode, and listening to the theme, i can't say i picked up Ian singing, then again i have never heard him sing.
You probably have, Stephen, as he offered a rendition of 'Whistle while you work' in the Deadly attachment! Whether there's enough of a melodic tone for his version to be considered as 'singing' is up for debate. A quick glance at google suggests he can sing, judging by his comments in the following article.
Having listened to most of the series, in my opinion the characters of Miss Perkins and Fred Guthrie steal the show. Vivienne Martin sounds so enthusiastic in her role and you do get the impression her feelings for Mr Wilson are for real.
As for Fred Guthrie, unmistakingly voiced by Minder's Glynn Edwards, the smoking, choking pier attendant has that sort of question everything and I'll do it in my own time attitude akin to Private Frazer.
I do remember the Tv series 'High and Dry' with Bernard Cribbins, but had no idea that it was the TV version of this radio series until I read the details of 'It sticks out half a mile' a while back.
Apologies for the image - was just messing about to see if it worked.