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Spooner's Patch - The Complete Series [DVD]
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Ray Galton and Johnny Speight, two of Britain's most successful comedy writers, teamed up to create this Top 20-rated, wryly comic look at daily life in a suburban police station where corruption is rife and unenlightened attitudes abound.
Lasting three series and paying homage to the immortal Will Hay, Spooner's Patch stars Ronald Fraser (in series one only) and Donald Churchill as the eponymous police inspector, alongside sitcom stalwarts Norman Rossington, Peter Cleall and Patricia Hayes.
Inspector Spooner has few ambitions. He likes golf, girls and alcohol, craves the quiet life, and would rather not have to deal with anything more challenging than illegal parking. Unfortunately his squad consists of the fascistic PC Goatman, DC Bulsover - a would-be Starsky - and PC Killick, who isn t averse to exchanging verbal abuse with his superior.
It s probably fair to say that the problems plaguing Spooner come more from his own incompetent force than the criminal fraternity!
Three episodes of Spooner s Patch no longer exist in the archives, and one is irreparably damaged. Writer Ray Galton kept personal copies for himself and those episodes are included here, allowing the series to be presented complete and uncut.
 Pilot episode featuring Ian Bannen as Spooner
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It's not very good... In fact the Pilot is reprehensible in every way possible... But there's something about it that makes me enjoy it. Partially it's that Speight's scripts got better, and partially it's the addition of Patricia Hayes in Series Two (who carries the whole cast), but largely it's the nostalgia factor.
For those of us who grew up in the 1970's there's a "where-were-you-when?" element that hovers over certain films, songs, and TV shows from the era that gives them a life of their own - and for me "Spooner's Patch" has that. Even though I never saw a single episode until this year, the first two series' have a feel to them that mirrors where I was at the time they aired, in the south shore of Massachusetts.
This show is nowhere near as good as Til Death us Do Part, Sink Or Swim, The Likely Lads, L For Lester, A Sharp Intake Of Breath, or any of the countless other sit-com classics from the 1970's - but if you feel a strong affinity to the mid-to-late 1970's, then you'll probably enjoy most of this set (especially if you like Patricia Hayes).