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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

OH LOOK, there’s a retarded man hanging over a cliff. Let’s hope he doesn’t fall off, because next week he’s due to be rollerskating under a lorry.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Like a lot of comedy you first watched when you were a kid, you look back at it in your thirties and think “How did I ever laugh at THIS?”. Depressing.

    Having said that, the ‘public relations course’ episode with James Cossins (“I’m nothing to do with any hotel guide, I sell outboard motors!”) and Christopher Biggins is still a little classic, if only for the audience’s reaction when Cossins says “P…P,E…”

  2. Glenn A

    May 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    It was never meant to be Monty Python, but entertained 18 million viewers every week as the slapstick, often clever scriptwriting and Harold Lloydesque stunts performed for real by Crawford were too tempting to ignore. Maybe the cynics should try a less obvious episode like RAF Reunion, which features a little more scripted humour than usual, and the later episodes from 1978 where Frank Spencer became a self important buffoon to see how good these were.

  3. Mr Grimsdale

    May 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Never understood the appeal of this at all. He was just an irritating twat who made you want to hit him with heavy objects. At the time I used to quite fancy Michelle Dotrice but I couldn’t get my head around the fact that she had “married” such a total moron

  4. Adrian

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “Betty – I’ve been articulated!”

  5. Lee James Turnock

    May 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Bernard Hepton was very good as the psychiatrist in the episode from which the “I’m a failure” quote comes. Something that always bugged me about that one (it seems to have been repeated even more than the rest of them!) – when the labourer at the end is signalling for Frank to get out of the way before he gets a load of sand dumped on him, he’s clearly not saying anything but there’s a gruff voice (similar to ‘dad’ in the old Oxo adverts) dubbed on saying “you will be if you don’t get out of the way”! Wasn’t the sight of someone signalling enough for thick viewers to comprehend that ‘hilarity’ was about to happen or what?

  6. Richard Davies

    November 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    This was never the sharpest sitcom in terms of writing, but some of the visual set-pieces still stand out.

    My favourite is probably the computer badly reacting to having some tea poured into it.

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