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The Frankie Howerd Collection [DVD]
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Collection of shows starring comic Frankie Howerd. The complete two series of 'Up Pompeii!' and the 1975 one-off 'Further Up Pompeii!' follow Lurcio (Howerd), a lazy slave living in ancient Pompeii before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The episodes are: 'Up Pompeii!', 'Vestal Virgins', 'The Ides of March', 'The Senator and the Asp', 'Britannicus', 'The Actors', 'Spartacus', 'The Love Potion', 'The Legacy', 'Roman Holiday', 'James Bondus', 'The Peace Treaty', 'Nymphia', 'Exodus' and 'Further Up Pompeii!'. The complete series of 'Then Churchill Said to Me', set during the Second World War in London, sees Howerd take on two roles, playing humble Private Percy Potts and General 'Fearless' Freddy Hollocks. The episodes are: 'Operation Panic', 'A Mole in the Hole', 'Nanny By Searchlight', 'Those Who Loot We Shoot', 'Blow Out' and 'Goose Has Landed'. Finally, 'The Best of Frankie Howerd' includes sketches from 'An Evening With Frankie Howerd' and the 'Royal Variety Performance', as well as chat show appearances on 'Parkinson' and 'Wogan'.
Four of the much-loved comic's best shows: Up Pompeii, Further Up Pompeii, Then Churchill Said to Me and The Best of Frankie Howerd, which contains sketches from An Evening With Frankie Howerd and Royal Variety Performances, and chatshow appearances with the likes of Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan.
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The Box set has the pilot episode made for the comedy playhouse, both series one and two in full, and the one off episode 'Further up Pompeii' which was made about a year later, not to be confused with the dissapointing 1991 Further up pompeii, which wasn't made by the BBC but ITV.
Along with The Complete BBC Collection of Up Pompeii, it has the 'Best of Frankie Howerd' which is available seperately; a worthwhile DVD with snippets of all Frankies best sketches and TV appearances over the years, and the last DVD is 'And Churchill Said to Me' another series Frankie did for BBC TV.
All in all this is a great collection of Frankies best stuff all in one Box set but lousy marketing by the BBC, they should have made it more apparent just what was in it.
The pilot 'Up Pompeii' for Comedy Playhouse
'Up Pompeii' the BBC series 1, Nos 1 - 7
'Up Pompeii' the BBC series 2 Nos 1 - 6
'Further Up Pompeii' a one off BBC episode
In all three discs, 452 minutes
'Then Churchill Said To Me' - 6 episodes
One disc, 158 minutes
'The Best of Frankie Howerd'
Compilation taken from various sources, including 'An Evening woth Frankie Howerd', interviews with Parkinson,Russel Harty and Wogan. Also clips from 'Up Pompeii' which are already on one of the other discs"
One disk, 65 minutes
This is classic 1960s and 1970s British humour. Unlike the humourless supposed 'comedy' today - this is actually funny.
More politically incorrect than it was when originally screened, some of the script will raise your eyebrows.
Probably only for people in their 50's as they will understand the humour (e.g. wonder if younger people will know what clinker is). The first series had Willie Rushton appear as a greek god of some sort which was disjointed and does not work for me but the 2nd series took this out and became the better for it.
A blast from the past but still a blast!
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Thank you ! Hunted for this for my husband, found it and you delivered it the next day, cannot tell you how grateful I am for the speed, he has vascular dementia, and when he... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mrs A.
What more is there to say than Frankie is great. I have wanted this for some time and so glad I made the effort. Loved the series and now I can watch whenever.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. D Hammond
Just as funny as when first seen. Great value for the moneyPublished 3 months ago by mrs Debra Snaith