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Rumpole of the Bailey

By CG IT ·
Anyone here a fan of Rumpole of the Bailey BBS show staring Leo McKern?

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I was many years ago

by Oz_Media In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey

There were SO many great shows like that at one time. Now the only hope is putting up with 40 minutes of pledge drives for every 20 minute segment of good British Comedy each hour on PBS.

What about Dad's Army, the best!!! On the Buses? Good Neighbours (absolutely priceless that one!!).

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other BBS shows

by CG IT In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey


Mostly watch Dr. Who [on PBS] Mystery [before Diana Riggs].

Don't remember Dad's Army, On the Buses or Good Neighbors [though Good Neighbors rings a bell for me].

Inspector Morse was a favorite.

Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone is my all time favorite. Just got the complete collection on DVD along with Rumple of the Bailey seasons 1 and 2.

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Are You Being Served?

by Tig2 In reply to other BBS shows

One of the very best. Molly Sugden and John Inman are priceless as is Wendy Richard.

For the more (or less) technically inclined, Red Dwarf is FAB! And if your bent is history, I love Black Adder.

Dr. Who is a requirement and you are missing a bet if you have never seen Good Neighbours. Richard Briars and Penelope Keith are wonderful as a couple who have quit their London lives to "live off the land". You won't find better- the show is a stitch!

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the good life

by StephenCairns In reply to Are You Being Served?

Richard Briars and Penelope Keith that was The Good Life wanst it?

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Yes! As a Brit, I was honour bound to correct that one!

by gadgetgirl In reply to the good life

The Good Life - Felicity Kendal, Richard Briers, Penelope Keith and the late Paul Eddington. Tom and Barbara Good "living off the land" in the middle of suburbia. Best episode for me was the Xmas one, where Harrods didn't "deliver Xmas" so Margo cancelled the entire event. Priceless.

Good neighbours? Don't know that one. Do you mean Love Thy Neighbour by any chance? Rudolph Walker starred (stole the show) - he who is currently in Eastenders.

Love Rumpole - Leo McKern was one good actor, with a terrific sense of humour, on screen and off. The original beginning of the phrase "She Who Must Be Obeyed".

Having had numerous repeats of Dads Army and Are You Being Served shoved down our throats for years now, I'm now avoiding those like the plague....I'm almost word perfect.

But if they start showing "Some Mothers" again, the telly really will go out of the window....!

oh - and if they don't start repeating Dave Allen shows, I will be highly miffed......very funny, very clever guy. I hope his God went with him.


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She Who Must Be Obeyed

by neilb@uk In reply to Yes! As a Brit, I was ho ...

was first coined by H. Rider Haggard in "She". Sorry, babe, gotta get it right, you know. (NITS (tm), famed for our accuracy)

Rumpole is on, I think, ITV3 at the moment. My favourites are where he before Judge Bullingham - Mad Bull - priceles stuff!

I always hated "Are you being served" - the humour is too simple and "in yer face", camp crap from Inman and a dozen "Mrs Slocum's pu$$y jokes".

I saw a few clips of "Love thy Neighbour" in a documentary and I'd forgotten what it was like. They wouldn't be able to show it in these PC days - racist? Whew!

Dave Allen was someone who got it absolutely right. One of my favourites from the Apartheit days in South Africa:

A black guy is on his knees in a Dutch Reformed Church. On the door there's a "no blacks" sign. Allen, as a DRC pastor comes in, and asks what he is doing there in breach of the colour bar. The guy explains that he's just scrubbing the floor.

"Alright" says Dave Allen's pastor in a cod-South African accent. "Just don't let me catch you praying".

I'm not really sure that anyone is brave enough to repeat his stuff unedited but I do hope so.


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are you absolutely sure about Haggard?

by heml0ck In reply to She Who Must Be Obeyed

I read it not too long ago and don't recall the "who must be obeyed part."

Then again, they say the memory is the first thing to go.....

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by neilb@uk In reply to are you absolutely sure a ... is probably the simplest reference or . I remember it from the 1960's movie with Ursula Andress as Ayesha which was repeated not so long ago on our TCM channel.

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okay, I give!

by heml0ck In reply to are you absolutely sure a ...

now if only I could find my car keys....

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Another TCM-ite!

by gadgetgirl In reply to are you absolutely sure a ...

Wahey! It's not just me, then.......!!

(btw, apols for the mis-truth, but I was SURE it was Rumpole who said it first....!!)

Now, if I could just get TCM to stop showing bloomin' Elvis movies on wet weekends, I'd be a happy bunny. There have been a few good films on recently, but I'm b*ggered if I can recall the names...the one with Alec Guiness, treating a pier as a ship at sea; Torpedo Run, Operation Pacific...

Wonder if they take requests? (our local ITV station used to, years ago) If so, San Demetrio, London, please..... true story, only amended to protect one person....that Pa got the real story..

Oh, ****, Neil, I just wanna go home and watch TCM all day now!! It's all your fault!! ]:)

(hmm. Complete with gin, tonic, lime, no ice, thanks....)


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