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POINTEDLY GIVEN the classification “FARCES” in Mark Lewisohn’s RT Comedy Guide, here were WILLIAM FRANKLYN, BARRY CRYER, BOB TODD, MADELINE SMITH and JIMMY MULVILLE in a brilliantly-written Marshall and Renwick spoofathon. Only six were ever made, presumably because nobody at Thames knew what to make of episodes like I Was Hitler’s Bookie, Amityville II – Luton Town 3 and, best of all, The Fall Of The House Of Franklyn. Superb all the same.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Six episodes and not one duffer. If this series got a proper DVD release, I’d be the first in line to buy a copy. Bit of useless trivia – Bob Todd was actually ambushed for This Is Your Life on the set of this series. He knew the production team were lurking around, but wasn’t too worried because he was convinced they were after Barry Cryer.

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