Talking Pictures TV has been repeating the offbeat 80s detective serial 'Bognor' in the small hours (not about the seaside resort but a slightly contrived set-up involving an investigator for the DTI).
I've seem this on the listings but know nothing about it. Is it worth a watch ned?
I think it was a bit of a flop and I can see why: a terrible title, overbearing music straight from an 80s electronic game and a curious choice of uncharismatic lead actor. But it's quirky, has some of the standard cast you'd expect from the era and is a bit different. The first story, about murders in a priory, sags in the middle and I think the second - which has echoes of Lytton's Diary being set on a gossip column - is stronger. I've found it a interesting little curio worth spending half an hour with.
Watching this again for the umpteenth time,just wondering what 'have a word' with Kevin meant,considering the treatment doled out to poor old Dafydd.Great episode ,plot holes you could drive a bus through notwithstanding.GC makes the episode for me.
Watched this one , on You Tube last night , so here we go !
- I think I would have preferred the episode , to feature more of the dodgy deal with the Corvette & less of the darts . Most of the funniest scenes involved Arthur & this motor .
- I found it a bit difficult to take seriously , that several young kids managed to remove all four wheels , of a car that size , without even jacking it up . They most certainly qualified for the Quick Fit apprentice ship scheme !!
- Arthur explains to Wally , that the gold MK2 Granada was his second car & he crashed it while " under the influence " , but appears to have got away with it . Surely Chisholm or Rycott , would have loved an opportunity to nick him for drink driving .
- Arthur hires a car to travel to the darts tournament in London , which we only see briefly in the dark . It looks like a white Vauxhall Royale or Senator . I find it hard to believe Arthur would drive something , that bore such a striking resemblance to a police car !!
- Ted was a great character , played brilliantly by Edward Peel , who we are more used to seeing in " senior boss " roles , in shows like Juliet Bravo & London s Burning . Another one that would have been good as a re occur ing character .
On the motors front , the Corvette has to be star of the show . When Ted & Terry turn up to rescue it , they use a huge Chevy tow truck , rather than Des s old Bedford . We eventually get to see Arthur s gold Granada , after it has been repaired , it has the reg MLP2V , a genuine London issue from June 1980 , so approx a year old at the time of filming . The thugs arrive at the darts tournament , in a 7 series Beemer .
Will still give the episode 8/10 , although by part3 , I was beginning to find the darts a bit tedious . Shame Jim Bowen couldn t have made a guest appearance , to liven things up !