8.45pm - 18th January 1975

"He could have it in the kitchen"

"He only wants a bath"

"You speak for yourself"


23 min        Colour

 

The Stars

Sid James
Jack Douglas
Barbara Windsor
Joan Sims
Peter Butterworth
David Lodge

Brian Osbourne
Bernard Holley

Lovelace
Sir Jethro Houndsbotham
Sarah
Lady Kate Houndsbotham
Oliver Cromwell
Colonel
Cavalier
Captain

The Crew

Screenplay
Producer
Director

Dave Freeman
Gerald Thomas
Alan Tarrant

 

Synopsis

 

Probably the most successful attempt at re-working the Carry On film into a 20-minute TV format. All the favourite comic types are included; you see two stunning performances from Sid James and Jack Douglas, jittering throughout the show with nerves and panicked energy and flustered by the imposing threats from the Royalists and the Roundheads.

Joan Sims plays the part she has grown into over the years and nags away in the background. Barbara Windsor loses her clothes – almost a given by this stage – and Peter Butterworth is great as Oliver Cromwell.

This is basically the TV episode ‘The Baron Outlook’, re-shot in different costumes, but here the comedy flows with originality and confidence and the writer, Dave Freeman’s gags don’t interfere with the flow of the story and when the good gags come along they really hit home.

 


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