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Don’t Drink the Water

GREAT THOUSAND-STRONG ARMIES OF executives were employed at LWT and Thames in the 70s to fashion spin-offs out of every possible sitcom around. This one clearly hailed from the end of a long day when they sitting about on their arses were waiting to clock off. Gurning, Roland Rat-voiced ON THE BUSES Blakey (STEPHEN LEWIS) goes off the buses to start new life in Costa Del Sol devoting time to professionally insulting the natives. DEREK GRIFFITHS was one of them. PAT COOMBS was his missus.



  1. Paul Murphy

    October 28, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Pat Coombs was his sister not his missus in dont drink the water.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    May 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    A shame they didn’t make one about Stan Butler( Reg Varney) moving to his new job in a bus factory. Mind you, his sister Olive( Anna Karen) reinvented her character for the reasonably funny remake of The Rag Trade. Also featured Lynsey De Paul writing the music, something she seemed to do a lot when her chart career faded away and was quite good at.

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