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A tv pilot that went no farther. A curiosity.
on 7 February 2013
This short DVD has just one tv pilot and no extras. You can appreciate why there were no further programs made - but it remains an interesting curiosity.
The on screen sword fight was an error, it should have been handled by Frankie describing an off screen fight - instead we have him working much harder than he should have been, actually handling a sword himself. This wasn't his sort of work at all.
This is a fourth meeting between Frankie Howard and Madeline Smith- after the film Up Pompeii, the film Up the Front, and an episode of the Howard Confessions. There is an obvious chemistry between these two, resulting in some fine screen performances from each (I am aware of Frankie's interests, these two were pals, friends, ok?).
Unfortunately the third member of the team looked rather lost, seemingly wondering what on earth he was doing, and where he was. What he wasn't was a good foil for Frankie, whose best work seems to be more as a significantly leading actor with support actors rather than as part of an ensemble.
If you like the work that Frankie or Madeline did, this is worth having a look at just to see these two professional actors doing what they can with somewhat mismatched and indifferent material.