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George and Mildred

Always seems to do well in the “fondly remembered” stakes, does the TV version of G&M, which we reckon must be mainly down to the (rightly) high levels of affection people have for Brian Murphy and (especially) Yootha Joyce, because the actual programmes themselves were rather lacklustre – little more than a roles-reversed Terry and June with the volume (to say nothing of the colour balance) turned up. Plus we missed the five-way group dynamic of MATH, and the Fourmiles aren’t going to rank in anyone’s list of Top 100 comic characters, are they? That said, it was watchable, thus outdoing this 1980 Hammer film by a country mile, partly due to a heartbreakingly ill-looking Yootha, but mainly due to the thinness of both plot (Mild takes George on a London-based second honeymoon, George gets mistaken for a gangster, landmark-based mishaps ensue) and gags. And the cameo list only stretches to Stratford Johns, Kenneth Cope, Harry Fowler and Vicky Michelle. Now, a film version of Me Mammy, with Yootha and Milo O’Shea rushing around Television Centre trying to stop Anna Manahan puritanically sabotaging a live beauty pageant hosted by Bruce Forsyth – that’d be sweet.

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  1. Glenn Aylett

    July 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    This film also marked the end of a highly successful run of films derived from sitcoms which kept the British film industry alive in the seventies. It was a shame the film was so poor- although George’s reference to the Socks Pistols on the Hells Angels jukebox was funny- as the television series was quite good. Sadly around the time this stiffed at the box office, the British film industry was very close to death.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    David Barry (Frankie Abbot from Please, Sir!) as a crap gangster called Elvis…doesn’t bode well, does it?

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