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Bouquet of Barbed Wire

"Another bouquet! I thought I felt a small prick"YIKES! HUSBAND (FRANK FINLAY) falls for daughter (SUSAN PENHALIGON) while wife (SHEILA ALLEN) is busy bedding son-in-law (JAMES AUBREY). All manner of kinkiness in caravans followed, lapped up by a nation of Sunday night stickybeak curtain-twitchers. Airy theme tune sounded like it belonged in a porn film. Minuscule number of shabby-looking sets and cast’s penchant for lugubrious stares into the middle distance didn’t matter when at the hands and feet (and everything in between) of such estimable faces. You couldn’t help but tune in, because you thought everybody else was.



  1. Arthur Nibble

    July 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    One of the most memorable early ‘bloopers’ happened when a trailer for this drama was accidentally synched to the music for a Muppet Show trailer (special guest Mister Bruce Forsyth).

  2. Tom Ronson

    September 30, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    James Aubrey was also the go-to guy for a couple of leading British exploitation film-makers at the time, notching up appearances as a doomed film producer in Norman J. Warren’s underfunded Suspiria knock-off Terror (1978) and a songwriter who unknowingly embarks on an affair with a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl in Pete Walker’s underrated Home Before Midnight (1979).

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