8.45pm - 1st February 1975
"It does not arise in the monastery"
"No, I'm sure it doesn't"
24 min Colour
The Stars Jack Douglas
William the Conqueror
The Crew Screenplay
Being the first in the TV series to have less of the regulars in it, this show had a lot to live up to and bearing in mind the people who were missing (Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jacques and Peter Butterworth) it didn’t do too badly. The comedy was more heavy-handed and the show’s double act of Jack Douglas and Kenneth Connor infuse a large dose of Carry On innuendo playing it out in a love-hate cross-talking banter that works very well. The only problem is if you are tuning in to watch this you want it full of Carry Oners - you can see the parts were written for Carry On Regulars in mind (Nellie's character is obviously written for Barbara Windsor).
Again, not much story to the script, with Jack Douglas and Kenneth Connor bravely lugging a secret weapon across the country to King Harold’s troops. The secret weapon is milked for comic reference as the ‘You Know What’ with Jack relishing his ‘Alf’ twitters and jitterings.
Kenneth starts the show as a calm man of God and progressively transforms into his bumbling ‘Mr Bumble’ character from ‘Girls’ with a bit of ‘Hengist Pod’ vocals from ‘Cleo’ mixed in. He alternates between the bumbling fool, naïve religious authority figure and clever fighter.