The best thing about these film versions of sitcoms is that the plots seldom bear much similarity to the “sit” of the original series. So in Are You Being Served? for instance, you get the entire cast going on holiday together, no questions asked. Bless This House introduces Terry Scott and Peter Butterworth apropos nothing. Possibly the biggest deviation comes from this film, with the fraught five-way dynamic of the series getting the boot early on when the cast find themselves uniting to save their lodgings from the clutches of ruthless property developer Peter ‘Sir Frank is in charge of civil service pay’ Cellier. It’s a plot hardly worthy of an also-ran Children’s Film Foundation adventure, but it’s all carried off with a such an end-of-term sense of fun you hardly notice. After O’Sullivan and Bill Maynard sabotage his posh dinner date with Wilcox (consisting, of course, of prawn cocktail followed by Steak Diane), Cellier climbs into a taxi and utters the key line – “Thames Television studios, Euston Road, please” – so waving a fond goodbye to the demands of plot and a big hello to “a galaxy of Thames stars” from Bill Grundy, through Jack Smethurst and Rudolph Walker indulging in a terrible pull-back-and-reveal racial gag, Michael Robbins as an old flame of Mildred’s, to an extravagantly bearded Spike “gotta get these things OUT!!” Milligan. It’s the nearest thing there is to a Christmas special on film, really, and for that, to say nothing of the wonderfully wistful closing credits theme, we love it.Read More
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We did say when this programme began in September 2010 that the name was totally cursed, having been used for both TVam’s swiftly abandoned early show and ITN’s unsuccessful bid for the franchise ten years later. Unsurprisingly they didn’t listen to us, and that brings us to the last ever episode. Certainly changed a lot since day one, Adrian and Christine and the swish set with all the purples soon being jettisoned and now it’s just GMTV all over again with an even more toxic brand. We doubt they’ll go out with much of a bang but worth a look anyway, before the next incarnation of ITV breakfast begins next week. We give it six months.
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Points of View
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- In 'Thorn Birds, The', George White says: "Massively expensive since it weren’t actually AUstralia, but a bit of Southern California with a kangaroo brought in that had to be..."
- In 'MOORE, Roger', George White says: "Oh yes, Alan Ladd’s kid David, where he has to chow down on piles and piles of snowy white coke, to the sound of bad disco. Ah, when British..."
- In 'Eh, Brian, It’s a Whopper', Me says: "I have 5 of the 6 episodes made on VHS… When I get a bit of free Time, I will transfer to DVD then upload to YouTube"