The Dustbinmen - All Three Complete Series [DVD]
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All three series, as well as the pilot episode and the Christmas special, of the irreverant 1970s ITV comedy, created by Jack Rosenthal. Cheese and Egg, Heavy Breathing, Smelly Ibbotson, Eric and Winston are the binmen who do their rounds aboard 'Thunderbird 3', their rubbish truck, and who have always got a disparaging word to say about the people whose rubbish they pick up. Trying to avoid work as much as possible, the lads frequently find themselves at odds with Bloody Delilah, the feared inspector from the Corporation Cleansing Department.
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Although I was only about 7 or 8 years old at the time this forgotten gem had its run on national TV, I could still recall bits and pieces of various episodes.
For those who can't remember that far back (or who just don't care to) "The Dustbinmen" was the one of the first TV outings for the late Jack Rosenthal, who had premiered the concept with a TV play "There's A Hole In Your Dustbin, Deliliah" (also included in the package, along with a 10 minute sketch for an 1970 ITV Christmas show).
With a few changes in cast a series was commissioned and hit the road in 1969 where it ran for 3 series; although Rosenthal stopped writing the seies towards the end of Series 2 and was replaced by a number of writers including "Coronation Street" writer Adele Rose and actor Kenneth Cope who turn out one episode each
The series follows the misadventures of Number Three Gang from a Cleanisng depot somewhere in Manchester and who are made up of Heavy Breathing (Trevor Bannister) a rather reluctant sex-symbol for the ladies of the gang's area; bellicose, devoted Manchester City fan Winston (Graham Haberfield)- driver of the gang's cart, Thunderbird 3 - and naive, slightly dim,Welsh lad Eric (Tim Wylton)whose ambition is to own a colour television. Keeping the lads together is the worldly wise Cheese & Egg (Bryan Pringle) always on the look out for a fiddle or a skive and always with one eye out for the harassed Inspector, (Frank Windsor in the play, John Woodvine in the first series, Brian Wilde thereafter) less than affectionately nicknamed "Bloody Delilah" and his pet snoop Smellie Ibbotson.Read more ›
I had completely forgotten about this series until I saw it advertised on DVD. For less than 13 quid, it was too good an opportunity to reminisce to turn down.
It is not Fawlty Towers or Only Fools and Horses so was never side splittingly funny first time around, but it does have it's moments.
Anyone who watched it on TV at the time and enjoyed it then would enjoy it even more now.
And the transfer to DVD is excellent.
Get it - you won't be disappointed.
If you lived through those times of union power in Britain, you heard words and phrases such as "work to rule" and "demarcation" I'd actually forgotten those two, but they came up pretty quickly from "Cheese & Egg" the works shop steward and boss of number 3 crew. The characters are stereotypes from the 60's and 70's yes, but I was there and i assure you those stereotypes and their like emptied our bins week in week out. My girlfriends dad working "on the bins" only reinforced the link.
We see them skiving, dropping rubbish on the paths of "non Christmas tippers", working fast all morning and going home early, and even committing the Bin mans gravest offense of "totting" ie: selling items of value found in the rubbish. Jack Rosenthal who wrote the scripts, got all those ideas from real bin men he watched. He was an inveterate 'watcher' of people, and got all his best ideas from snooping at the bus queue or listening to others conversations, and readily admitted it.
A great dvd of three series, consisting of 20 episodes, one xmas special short, and one feature length pilot show. One surprise for me was the inclusion of Trevor Bannister, of 'Are you being served 'fame. He portrays the character 'Heavy breathing' the one all the ladies love. I had totally forgotten he was in it, and for some bizarre reason he seems taller and broader in this role ? Make of that what you will!
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A little bit dated now, but did have a few chuckles remembering the series and seeing some early Corry street starsPublished 1 day ago by LEE MAINWARING
Love this was to young to remember it first time round . but love old comediesPublished 3 months ago by alison rickard
forgotten how awful comedies were, this one is as bad as they comePublished 6 months ago by Jill J.