Post by jno on Aug 1, 2016 16:48:02 GMT
Lucky Feller (1976)
Just finished watching this where Glynn Edwards appears as Mr Peake in 3 of the 13 episodes in the series proper - plus a voice-only appearance by him in a fourth episode!
This is a very enjoyable little series starring David Jason, Cheryl Hall, Peter Armitage, Pat Heywood and our Glynn (which I picked up super cheap in a recent Network sale).
The basic premise is two sons Bernard 'Shorty' Mepstead (Jason) and Randolph 'Randy' Mepstead (Armitage) living with their mum in Brockley. Shorty quickly falls in love with a girl he and his brother meet on a train called Kath Peake (Cheryl Hall). Unfortunately Cheryl has fallen in love with Randy pretty quickly but is find of Shorty. Kath clearly wants to be with Randoph and after a quicky with Kath, Randy's interests in Cheryl go no further. Randy is a bird bandit, only really interested in one night stands and Shorty, he is extremely shy and is hopeless around women.
Having seen other David Jason stuff outside of 'Only Fools & Horses' and 'Open All Hours' and been left thinking it was a waste of my time, this series did make me chuckle a lot. This is a very good 70s sitcom in my opinion - there are a lot of great one liners in it, with sexual innuendo and double entendres everywhere, likeable characters, a few very mild 70s "racist" remarks (but nothing premier league) and a lot of really good visual comedy (in the same sort of genre as alight version of 'Some Mothers Do Have 'Em'). David Jason is forever being shown falling down at the bar on OFAH but in this one, he really does show how good he is at mild slapstick and visual comedy in pretty much every episode.
The most negative point is probably the overkill 70s laughter track - which is way OTT for me - this is a little annoying in parts. It takes a lot to get me laughing but fair play, this series did indeed succeed in doing so. Also, there are a lot of famous faces in this appearing as guests of the week, really helping it along - Burt Kwouk, Prunella Scales, Saeed Jaffrey and Mike Grady. You even see Bella Emberg in one of them.
Another interesting sub-story in this is the boys' mother Mrs Mepstead (Pat Heywood). She considers herself a bit of 'an old boiler' but being widowed for a very long time is out looking for a bloke herself quite frequently.
This series is primarily studio based with a couple of outside locations shots in-between that often include dialogue. The most notable one for me was Russell Gardens, directly opposite The Bricklayers Arms pubs as seen in Minder (a quick now and then - also see the picture above):
My favourite episodes: 'All The Tea In China' (with Burt Kwouk the Chinese restaurant owner), 'Where There's Life, There's Soap' (an absolute farce this one, all set in the laundrette opposite The Bricklayers Arms - pictured) and 'A Night On The Moors' (Prunella Scales is just on top form as a farmer's wife with an accent and a labido which is off the scale). No doubt about it, David Jason is the star of this one - he's nothing like Del Boy though, only perhaps his softer side - his character in this series is very much more like Rodney Trotter in OFAH.
This isn't hilarious all the time, but parts of it I found very funny, funnier than many other 70s sitcoms I know. Over on IMDb this has a 10/10 review but from me...
9/10 - good stuff, a true 70s farce with lots of great visual comedy on offer - I would definitely recommend this one if you can get it for a fiver.
IMDB link: www.imdb.com/title/tt0074019/