Eric Chappell's second Yorkshire TV comedy following Rising Damp. James Bolam, Peter Bowles and Christopher Strauli are the three patients. Richard Wilson as Dr. Gordon Thorpe and Derrick Branch as nurse Gupta. Some have erroneously thought that Branche blacked up, but he was born in India and was a classmate of Freddie Mercury. I'm watching the DVD and think it's great. It doesn't quite get the rave reviews that Rising Damp does but it's definitely worth a watch
It's a great series. I watched this back to back over a few nights about 12months ago. Prior to this I just remember liking it when it was on tele as a kid.
The characters are a really good laugh. There are numerous very funny episodes.. But because I saw them back to back they blend into one another. There's one about smoking which is really funny, one where they are all fawning over an actress and one where Archie keeps betting (and losing) against Norman, because he's been cursed by his horoscope or something. Unless that's a separate episode.. If it is, the astrology one is another good un.
They're all good though.
Light entertainment but very funny. Typical Chappell, he telegraphs the jokes and you can see what's coming a mile off but the characters are so well written and played it doesn't matter. Half the humour is in the performances. As I mentioned in the Home To Roost thread. All the characters in this are first and foremost hypocrites (doctors, patients, everyone), hypochondriacs and malingerers. So standard stuff from EC. Chappell writes his situational comedy about flawed individuals and their character traits to suit the episode premise (greed, pride, cowardice etc etc), leading to inevitable mishap. It don't matter if it's Figgis, Rigsby or Henry Willows, it's all funny stuff if you like it.
I'm M.A.R.D.Y (this what Arch sings when he sees mias catching him up in the forum's Name That Boat quiz).
Meanwhile back on topic, this show has got what is undoubtedly one of the best character's name in a TV show ever: Norman Binns.
Everytime I watched this programme, granted I found it very funny and it was always good for a laugh. However, were these lot terminally ill or something? They were in hospital for three flipping years!
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
However, were these lot terminally ill or something? They were in hospital for three flipping years!
They get returned home and come back. There's running jokes all the way through with Thorpe trying to get rid of em, but because they are a bunch of skiving malingerers they become institutionalised. Even Norman, who's genuinely ill when he joins the ward (1st episode - Figgis and Glover are fighting over a bed by the window because the last patient has snuffed it, or been sent packing, I can't remember now )... Anyway by the end of it Norman is just as bad.
That's why Figgis is always reading the medical books, so that he can invent new sicknesses. He makes up symptoms, which take months to investigate before they are found to be erroneous and then he starts the cycle again. Glover leaves and goes back a few times iirc.
They all are discharged in the final episodes, which leads to immediate reunions (and instant scheming ) because they've nothing better to do.
Derrick Branche also played a Spanish cop in Saracen.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
Post by bodiesstuntdouble on Apr 21, 2017 20:02:44 GMT
This is another blast from the past that I have fond memories of - it's funny how comedies set in enclosed environments often come up trumps (eg) Porridge, Rising Damp - the actors have to pull out all the stops because there's no outside distractions and the focus is all on them.