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On the Up

FROM THE prolific pen of BOB (THE GOOD LIFE/GET SOME IN/EVER DECREASING CIRCLES) LARBEY, ON THE UP was a pretty typical BBC sitcom, albeit one broadcast at the fag end of the Corporation’s love for conventional 2.4 set ups. Here the sit involved rough-diamond-made-good Tony (DENNIS WATERMAN) and his various and tedious run-ins with “‘er indoors”, namely his wife Ruth, (JUDY BUXTON). All the while sidekick extraordinaires SAM KELLY and JOAN SIMS were wasting their immaculate comedy timing on material that was never better than average. Sadly, ON THE UP was pretty much completely forgettable. It wasn’t even sufficiently of-its-time (unlike series such as THERE’S NO PLACE AT HOME or JOINT ACCOUNT) to latterly gain a retrospective museum-piece curiosity value. Eminently unmemorable.

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  1. Paul Gatenby

    March 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Entirely unmemorable? Joan Sims’ blowsy dipsomaniac housekeeper Mrs Wembley had a catchphrase which my parents and their friends still repeat (“Just the one”) and Dennis Waterman sings the theme toon (“Maybe I will cry / Maybe I will beg / Maybe she’ll buy one straight off the peg”). So about 10 people still remember it.

  2. Richard16378

    July 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    In the later series the opening titles had a different theme, with no lyrics & I guess not written by Dennis Waterman.

    The sung version was still at the end, complete with the yodelled “I’m so al-o-w-o-ne” (hard to transcribe!)

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