You want old-school upper crust sauce without the transatlantic taint of a Joan Collins? Fenella’s your girl! That husky voice was a big part of it of course, as used to mesmerising effect in Dougal and the Blue Cat. In Follow a Star, she takes one of the cameos that make a Norman Wisdom film tolerable, and similarly makes up for the otherwise diminishing returns in three Doctor… films. No role intimidated her – she held her own as part of a sort of British Addams family amongst such demonstrative fruits as Robert Morley, Joyce Grenfell and Peter Bull in The Old Dark House.
FINEST HOUR: She was Penny Panting in …Regardless, of course, but at the risk of being predictable, her Valeria Watt in Carry On Screaming is surely the one to beat.