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  • Actors: Frankie Howerd, Nicholas Courtney, Joanna Dunham, Shaun Curry, James Chase
  • Producers: Roger Race
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2006
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL79JE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Second World War romp, set in the British government's secret underground HQ in London in 1941.

Howerd is cast as a dithering underling, Private Potts, a general dogsbody who seemed to be a direct descendant of the factotums he had played in Up Pompeii! and Whoops Baghdad and feature films Up The Chastity Belt and Up The Front.

To make matters slightly different this time, the skiving and cowardly Potts happens to be the spitting image of Fearless Freddy Hollocks, a respected general with a will of iron, and he plays both roles.

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A great series, with the unforgettable Frankie Howard . Has my son in fits of laughter every time he watches it. Anyone who loves Frankie, will/ should like this. It's Classic Frankie !! Well worth watching :)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gawayne on 20 July 2009
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I can't understand why more of these weren't made. The script is excellent and every bit as good as "Up Pompeii" and maybe a little better. Frankie Howerd is on top form as Private Potts and there are plenty of real laughs in this hilarious comedy. Once again he makes the whole thing seem more intimate by talking to the audience, which works very well. I am not usually a fan of wartime dramas or comedies, but this is a definite exception.
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By kc sunshine on 12 Dec. 2014
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although the script is a bit weak it is still watchable; i hadnt seen this before and have always liked howerds comedic style.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Masho on 22 Oct. 2010
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I would have loved to have given this DVD a four or five star rating, I really would. For me however, there are two fundamental problems.

Firstly, this series suffers from the absence of the comic writing talent of Talbot Rothwell (of Carry On fame). Howerd certainly tries his best to make the script come alive but with little available to deliver he, along with the rest of the cast, are wasted. Often the gags fall flat, are largely unfunny, sometimes obscure and occasionally embarrassing. At one point for example, Howerd resorts to jeering sarcastically at a character with a speech impediment mimicking the affliction back at him as if he were a simple minded idiot. Hardly side-splitting stuff and more like spiteful bullying. Largely gone are the witty banters and apparent `ad-libs' via the studio audience. When Howerd does talk to the camera, it is more often to explain the other, rather unmemorable characters, not in an amusing `Up Pompeii' way and more as a narrative as to why he hates them. Here then is Howerd as Private Potts the key character in the series, made unintentionally annoying, rather unlikeable and dull. It is this confused attempt at a pseudo Lurcio (Howerd's colourful and likeable character in `Up Pompeii'), that makes you as the audience unsympathetic to Pott's plight and ultimately disengage.

The second issue is one of timing. To put into context, this show was a 1982 production; one year away from the first series of `Blackadder', the same year as the `The Young Ones' and also `Allo Allo'. Comedy by now had moved on, and even though `Allo Allo' it could be argued, stems from a similar comedy mould, its comic breeding originates from the writing stables of Croft and Lloyd, producing enough quality material to create a real classic.
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By Libby on 24 Feb. 2015
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its like Marmite you either love it or hate it. As you can tell I love Marmite! :)
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