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Ritz, The

JOHN GODBER penned this adaptation of one of his “hilarious” Hull Truck Company stage plays, Bouncers. Art Deco-style opening titles and ‘Putting On The Ritz’ theme belied the studio-bound crumbiness.

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  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 19, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    The previous year Godber( no relation to Lenny in Porridge) did a rather unique play about a teenage girl from a poor part of Hull who decides to take up judo for summat to do, gradually masters the art, falls out with her what we would call a chav now best friend who falls pregnant, beats a jealous older woman in the class to get her black belt and presumably becomes world champion if the budget allowed. A one set play called Blood, Sweat and Tears this was called and was actually quite watchable as the subject of learning judo had never been done in a play before. Wonder if John Godber is considering doing one about UFC called Broken Balls and Bust Faces.

  2. Bouncer from Neighbours

    June 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I don’t remember any “toffs sitting in window seats looking flushed” in The RItz at all, it was strictly working class, breaking the fourth wall, male angst all the way. It ended up with the men of the nightclub having nervous breakdowns and crying their eyes out, which was baffling for those of us who had watched it from the start and were under the impression it was a comedy.

  3. TV Cream

    June 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    The toffs have been removed.

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