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always my pleasure to serve
on 4 June 2013
Yes! Keep It Up Downstairs. I have waited for this to be released for years and I am pleased to say that Network DVD have done a superb job. The film is uncut but I haven't double checked the duration with my VHS recording from Bravo yet.
This film was last shown on television to my knowledge on BBC1 in about 1996 with 4 minutes of edits for the saucy parts. It was shown on Bravo about 1990 uncut but that was before digital TV. There was a VHS release but it was on the short lived Comedy Capers label (Warner Bros?) with films like The Cracksman and Every Home Should Have One.
There are 2 versions of the film on the DVD. The 4:3 aspect and a Full Frame version. It seems that the film was made with television in mind. There is Full Frame (wide screen) for the cinema and 4:3 for the telly. Presumably it was intended to be shown a lot in the 80s which it wasn't.
I sometimes wish this film didn't have saucy bits so the whole family could enjoy it. It is quite funny and well made with good performances from all the actors and little bits with Carmen Silvera (Madame Edith in Allo Allo), Aime MacDonald and Julian Orchard. I remember the shoe cleaning gag being reused in Grace And Favour and didn't the family own the India Rubber Company in You Rang M'Lord? That may be a nod to this film too. Whatever anybody says this film is under rated and should be enjoyed again.
There is also the superb cinema trailer on the DVD. Great stuff!