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Carry On Again, Doctor

That telltale third word shows scenario inspiration was flagging, and sure enough there’s not much to distinguish this last of the hospital offerings apart from James’ Gladstone Screwer, Jim Dale’s chaotic fuse box meltdown and trolley-assisted staircase descent, Williams, Hawtrey and Jacques’ nookie-starved medical staff, and (yawn) that *other* ‘iconic Babs appearance. Hmm, that looks like quite a lot actually, written down. Roll-call of non-regulars – Patsy ‘I’ll remember you in my will’ Rowlands, Patricia Hayes, William ‘kindly old gentleman’ Mervyn, Pat ‘cereal’ Coombs, Peter Butterworth, Wilfrid ‘onions’ Brambell, ‘On scoremeister Eric Rogers leading the band at the dinner-dance, and Bob Todd on a ventilator.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    August 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    At the risk of sounding completely humourless, I always thought the fuse box meltdown scene was a prime example of how NOT to do destruction-based physical slapstick. Jim Dale’s obviously putting tons of effort into it, but it all falls flat. The part where a floor polishing machine drags its operator under several beds is clearly intended to be hilarious, but even seen in context (i.e. not during the title sequence of an ITV compilation) it’s jaw-droppingly unfunny.

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