Arthur Haynes is the forgotten comedian, his Arthur Haynes Show, which ran for years, never shown with the repeats perhaps because it was made in the days of black and white TV. Haynes' straight man was Nicholas Parsons, who was usually the butt of his cheeky behavior. His most famous character was that of a tramp, often accompanied by his Irish sidekick (who isn't in these early episodes). That's the character I remember, but I was amazed in watching this DVD to realize how many different characters Haynes played, including a very camp one in the days when being a practising gay man was an imprisonable offense. Most of the scripts are by Johnny Speight, who later wrote 'Till Death Do Us Part' and its sequel 'In Sickness And In Health'. The sketches have stood up well to the passing of time, I found myself screaming with laughter at some of Haynes' and Parsons' sketches (assisted by others occasionally). You just don't get belly laughs like this in TV sitcoms any more. The musical interludes are good too - old fashioned songs which I really enjoyed listening to. I look forward to Volume 2 (already pre-ordered) and hope for more volumes. Along with Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, Tommy Cooper, etc. Arthur Haynes is a British treasure in the world of comedy who deserves to be enjoyed by future generations. So I'm glad these shows have been preserved for posterity to show his genius. Oh, one other thing, quite often both Haynes and Parsons break into laughter and can't stop smiling during the sketches, or even fluff the lines occasionally, but like true professionals they carry on. This adds to the charm of these shows, in the days when things went out 'live' and didn't have to be absolutely word-perfect.