ANOTHER OF those PLANK-esque short Britcom films, this one starring LEONARD ROSSITER as Charles Barker who boards the train last at Surbiton determined to be the first out at Waterloo and hence the winner, for the 15th consecutive time, of the Waterloo Bridge Handicap. Very little dialogue apart from Rossiter’s thoughts expressed as voice-overs and BROUGH SCOTT’s commentary. Apart from Rossiter’s character, all the other racers are given horsey nicknames, eg Austin Reed (JOHN QUENTIN), Lincoln’s Inn (IAN MARTER), Likely Lady (LYNDA BELLINGHAM), Red Hair (ZOOT MONEY) and Chubby Chap (GORDON KAYE).
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The bloke who has to peel off the stickers with the bands’ names on off the set must have had the worst job in television. Wright was tolerable enough doing his poor man’s Kenny Everett shtick last time around, though obviously he gets way worse. We’re assuming that shot where Sue from Legs smiled right down the camera is already a thousand avatars. As you’ll remember Wright pointed out this show was originally on Friday, thanks to the Winter Olympics, and worse still it’s Bates again who, four years after his debut on Radio 1, is certainly making up for lost time in terms of Pops stints. Nice line-up, though, including we think Captain Beaky in primetime.
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