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Oh, Happy Band!

PLANS FOR a new airport in a northern province are opposed by HARRY WORTH and…his brass band. Yes, that’s right. The deadly Perry-Croft DAD’S ARMY duo sneaked this clunker out when no-one was looking.



  1. Nick

    September 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

    This got a front cover of the Radio Times I remember.

  2. THX 1139

    April 8, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Probably the first and last thing I saw Harry Worth in. One of those megastars who slipped from the public consciousness when he was barely cold in his grave, only revived occasionally by comedy dads (or granddads, now) doing his shop window stunt. There was a theme song that ended with “Oooooooooooohhhhh, happy band!!!” Can’t recall if they did the “You have been watching” bit.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    April 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I do remember two other well loved actors making poor swansongs in the early eighties, Arthur Lowe made a sitcom about a kindly public school teacher that bombed when ITV released it posthumously as it was short on laughs and 1940s public schools weren’t known for being kind olaces. Then there was John Mills attempt at a pensioner sitcom, Young At Heart, which was equally unfunny, if a bit more successful as it followed Coronation St and attracted the elderly audience from the soap.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    April 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    AJ Wentworth, BA, was the Arthur Lowe one. It was a good idea and probably would have worked on BBC 2, but was a bit too niche for ITV and was rather short on laughs.

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