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Play For Today


By Peter Terson. Workmates Colin Jeavons and Bruce Purchase buy a derelict narrow boat from dodgy Frank Middlemass, and find themselves renovating it under his strict supervision. Wry humour with a bit of Laurel and Hardy-style slapstick thrown in. A series was mooted but never materialised.



  1. jim

    January 22, 2021 at 1:12 am

    This comedy from the Play for Today series has been bugging me for weeks. It was a gem. Pity no copy of it survives that i can tell . 2 great moments stick out in my memory. The paint stirring scene and the final approach to the bridge. Frank Middlemass played his role so well that I had nightmares of ever having a boss like him.
    Glad I found this link after a week of painful searching on google (I didn’t remember the title) because I was beginning to think I imagined watching it.
    Was the setting in the Black Country or Yorkshire?

  2. RiaSunflower

    April 21, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    I just watched the play on YouTube. 🙂

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