Post by Albert Wendell on Jan 2, 2019 23:48:26 GMT
I watched this today as I hadn't seen it for a number of years. I had recorded it from television on original transmission on Christmas Day in 1991 but only had the latter half of it for some reason so I'm not overly familiar with the entire plot, it was far better than I remembered. It follows a format often used in UK TV show Xmas specials in that they don't have to be of a Christmas theme but often take the main characters out of their normal area or lives, this was a common theme in the 90's on shows like Birds Of A Feather, Only Fools & Horses and One Foot In the Grave, yes some of the Xmas specials focused on Xmas but many of them didn't.
I'd always remembered the bit about the flavored crisps probably because my father never liked the strange flavors and only really liked Ready Salted or as he and many others including myself would say 'plain'.
Arthur mentions that the Monopoly set is an old one and I think he's right as on the Monopoly sets I've played on the Chance cards are yellow and the Community Chest cards are pink but on this set the Community Chest cards are yellow and the Chance cards are red.
I lived on a canal boat for a while and recognise the scenes in this episode. If you know the canals of London ray and Arthur go nowhere near Kimehouse. Everything is filmed around Greenford and Kensal Green. The final scene where they ‘arrive’ at Limehouse is actually a filled in wharf at Kensal Green - it’s now the Sainsbury’s car park! Similarly when Dave arrives in the speedboat to catch up with Arthur, he’s going in the wrong direction- he’s heading out west to Bulls Bridge, not east to Limehouse. Still a great episode - especially mooring up at Kensal Green cemetery
Clever plotline, and some interesting atmospherics as they traverse the deserted canals...the Welsh boxer is a good character too.
I agree, Big Dai is a great addition to this one. Interestingly (perhaps) - Dai played by Anthony O'Donnell also plays a character called Dai (Davies) in Sky 1's "Stella" ( link: click here for pic )
He has a very brief role in the Bond film ‘Skyfall.’ The bit where Bond runs after the train in the underground. He’s the man who is astounded by James Bond chasing the train and says to his wife ‘he’s in a hurry’ or words to that effect.
I like any episode that involves a journey by rail or boat. Arthur seems to revel in waxing lyrical in such situations. By the way, I think the title could be a nod to the 1953 film The Cruel Sea, starring Jack Hawkins.
Watched this for the first time yesterday (I know, I know, I'm nearly 30 years behind everyone else ) and I really enjoyed it.
The 'reveal' at the end was more of a confirmation as my first thought was that Dai meant videotapes when he was asking about them. Some cracking one-liners in this one - loved the bit where Arthur was asking if there was a wheel and the policeman's reaction to spotting Dave bezzing down the canal in his speedboat are the two that spring to mind first.
I'll watch it again when we get the dvd player up and running. We moved a couple of months or so ago and still haven't got the right wire as we need a longer one.