Glynn told me his grandchildren love watching him in this, which I've not seen for a while.
Glynn has had a very varied career and appeared in lots of different things. If you try and watch him in everything he's done you'll have a very interesting journey through the history of British TV & Film.
As he mentions in the interview over on the main site, he'd previously appeared in 'Sir Francis Drake' with Michael Crawford back in 1961/62:
It had an unusual production run - two seasons in 1973, Christmas Specials in 1974 & 75, then a final season of episodes in 1978.
My memory is that the Christmas specials were hugely popular with Crawford performing remarkable stunts (e.g. roller skating beneath a lorry trailer). The casual viewers loved it.
I suspect that the strength of these, and popular repeat showings of seasons 1 & 2, influenced the third season finally being commissioned.
The scripts themselves could be fairly average, but the way that Crawford made the character memorable with catchphrases and stunts, and the guest cast list of well-known names gave the series its popularity.
Frank Spencer was quite a bizarre character because although he was buffoonish and accident prone, he sometimes could be shrewd and assertive.
In this respect he confounded other people, and made them increasingly exasperated. Glynn Edwards as next-door neighbour Mr. Lewis was a prime example of this.
Whereas if Frank was merely 'a fool', he could probably have been easily contained.
Viewed from now, SMDAEm seems a strange programme. A bit off-key and disturbing in some ways
The central character would now be described as 'having learning difficulties'. And he has things that go with this - on the receiving end of abuse from irate neighbours, doctors etc.
The humour of the show revolved around this, and also the bizarre stunts which in reality were dangerous when filmed.
I will say Michael Crawford was good, and I think a bit under-rated as an actor overall.
A few episodes on free view this week. Crawford was fair game for daft stunts, but the scripts were weak and very predictable. You can also mark the programme down with every two-bob impersonator doing Frank Spencer on other TV shows. Michelle Dotrice was too good for this show.
Post by maninasuitcase on Jul 29, 2018 13:43:10 GMT
I truly hated this when I was aged between 11 and 15 on original transmission. Sadly now at the age of 56 nothing has changed in my view of the series. My parents loved it when it was originally shown but then again they didn't like 'Minder', 'The Sweeney' or 'The Professionals'. I rest my case M'lud.
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Worth a chuckle now and again. I'm rather like the others on here who have said that they aren't entirely comfortable with it though. There's something about it that's just really wrong. Frank Spencer as this idiotic, clumsy, queen, getting into scrapes for the audience to laugh at while he pulls funny camp faces and does stunts. It's a bit like the slapstick 'comedy' you get in old cheapo Hong Kong martial arts cinema, post Drunken Master. Very occasionally it's really funny, but more often than not it's pretty tedious and seems to revolve around the belittling and cruelty of vulnerable people, or those who are different and weaker members in society. Like if someone is at the bottom of the food chain, then it's okay to kick them like a dog. With even the chivalrous heroes of the Kung fu movies either ignoring it or (in lots of cases) joining in and laughing. But then on the flip side to that in the very same movies physical deformities are often revered (hence you get blind swordsmen, one armed boxers etc etc). Women are also portrayed as often very strong characters.. Oh well, I dunno, I think it must be a cultural thing.
In fact it wouldn't surprise me if SMDAE would have gone down well in Hong Kong back then.
Anyway, I don't remember Glynn Edwards being in it at all. Though it was on 'Yesterday' last week so maybe they are replaying the whole lot?