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Thick as Thieves

SHABBY SITCOM made during the Three Day Week, and it showed. Clement and La Frenais were on script duties, desperately baling “com” into a sit involving BOB HOSKINS as a small time crook who comes out of prison to find his best mate JOHN THAW shacked up with his missus. Except instead of getting the red mist and giving him a kicking HOSKINS moves in with them and tries to “make” the “best” of it. Was to have run for longer, with both stars finding themselves back inside for a dose of, ahem, Porridge. Except Thaw signed to do THE SWEENEY, and a few weeks later RONNIE BARKER donned the overalls.

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