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Bottle Boys

OH DEAR GOD. Fucking awful dairy-com with cheeky-arsed twat ROBIN ASKWITH as a milkman with only one thing on his mind. The answer not being to deliver a quality comedy show. Usual LWT cliche bollocks on display (token Scotsman, token black, token dopey woman, token punk). One episode involved Robin meeting Mrs T. Remarkably, it made you feel sorry for Thatcher.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Applemask

    August 9, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Unsurprisingly written by Vince Fucking Powell. Somehow got two series. Askwith role originally written for rich man’s Robin Askwith, Jim Davidson. Most famous clip involves Askwith and Richard “Any questions? Splendid” Davies in a discussion about a woman whose bottle caps are being broken by “her tits”, ho ho FUCKING ho. Askwith has the decency to look embarrassed; Davies, who actually has to deliver the double-entendre himself, comes across as genuinely furious at having to do this shit.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    April 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I had the displeasure of watching a couple of episodes a while back, and one episode ended with the announcement “Robin Askwith is currently appearing in…blah blah…at London’s such and such theatre”. As if anyone gave a stuff.

  3. Glenn A

    May 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    It was shown against Live Aid: when Bob Geldof announced 90 pc of the world’s televisions were tuned to Live Aid, I bet a lot of them switched over to the Bobfest to escape this. It was made in 1985, but seemed to look as if it was made in 1972 and, unlike the gloriously un PC and funny sitcoms of that era, was yes totally un PC but totally unfunny. One episode feature a tarty secretary in a PVC mini skirt and stockings who acted to type. Nina Myskow hated it and for once I had to agree with her.

  4. Adrian

    May 10, 2010 at 9:29 am

    “ROBIN ASKWITH as a milkman with only one thing on his mind.”

    That would be milk, presumably?

  5. Chris Diamond

    May 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    At the time, I loved this. In my defence, I’ll say it was more to do with the animated titles and the time slot than anything else. Except maybe Richard Davies. Having just read Powell’s pretty poor autobiography (notable only for having a star on the cover with Wilfred Pickle’s name in it) I can confirm he makes no mention of it.

  6. Arthur Nibble

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I remember this most for the buxom secretary, played by Eve Ferret!

  7. Chris Jones

    May 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Eve Ferrett did something apart from appearing on ‘Through the Keyhole’ every week?

  8. Glenn A

    May 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    The last gasp for Vince Powell and the more earthy charms of the old school LWT. However, this being the mid eighties and the high yuppie years, ITV wanted to find a more intelligent and affluent viewer and Bottle Boys, along with World of Sport, attracted what they would call the wrong demographic and it never returned. Maybe because it was total cod was another reason.

  9. Glenn A

    November 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Actually have managed to see a few clips, particularly the notorious t!2s one and Askwith in a chicken suit, and it’s not as bad as I thought and has a sort of so bad it’s good appeal in a way the Jim Davidson sitcoms of the same era don’t. Actually a person on the net managed, I don’t know how, to get nine off air recordings from ITV of the show and said Bottle Boys veered from the awful to the amusing in a fashion and it really has to be admired for being the last bastion of political incorrectness, though it is a bit more subtle than Love Thy Neighbour( this being 1985). Also fair play to Chris Diamond for defending this reviled sitcom.

  10. Martin Briggs

    January 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Just had the pleasure of watching the classic episode ‘one good turn’ and I have to say that this is some of the finest comedy I have ever seen. Askwith is on top form and the subtlety of the gags is delivered with expert timing to maximum effect.

    The only downside was that the audience weren’t treat to the sight of Askwith’s spotty arse pumping away while he shot his yogurt up a dolly bird while gurning and saying ‘crikey’

  11. THX 1139

    June 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I just watched that One Good Turn episode too, and the fact that it features both Robin Askwith doing a Bernie Winters impersonation and Bernie Winters doing a Bernie Winters impersonation was weird enough to raise a laugh. Just the one, mind.

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