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Bit of a Do, A

WELL-REMEMBERED RETINUE of dramatised revelries involving the extended personages of the (comedy surname alert) Simcock family, who spend their lives attending one stereotyped social function after another until they’re variously a) married b) divorced c) broke d) all of the above. A load of NOBBS, with much of that writer’s signature frippery in evidence (silly names, comedy grotesques, surreal punchlines, recurring catchphrases and characters). DAVID JASON headed up the brood, with GWEN TAYLOR by his side doing the usual ooh-eck would-yer-credit-it jump-in-my-grave-would-yer? schtick. Eponymous “dos” included the Angling Club Christmas party, the Dentists’ dance and the crowning of Miss Frozen Chicken UK at the Cock-a-Doodle Chickens event. Dropping by for a natter and nibble: MICHAEL JAYSTON, STEPHANIE COLE, DAVID YELLAND, DIANA WESTON and a million other cadence-chewing clichés.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Gwen Taylor was cute in her Rutland Weekend Television heydays. According to my American e-mail ‘penfriend’, she was “the hottest chick on the planet” in the sketch where she dressed as a circus ringmistress.

  2. Richardpd

    May 17, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    Quite an early dramatic part for David Jason, but lead on to him doing almost as many as comedy parts in the 1990s.

    David Nobbs had written the part with John Thaw in mind.

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