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But where's Alastair?
on 10 January 2010
It's hard to imagine a boxed set in which you see less of the supposed star than this. In only one of the films, The Green Man, can Sim be said to star; others are ensemble pieces in which he has no more than a handful of scenes. Left Right and Centre is definitely an Ian Carmichael vehicle. Equally, some of his best roles are missing: Scrooge, School For Scoundrels, Belles of St Trinians.
Perhaps it's in keeping with a man who was self-effacing and seemed happy in supporting roles. But the fact is, there's too little of the man on screen; and though these films are diverting enough, your sides will be in no danger of splitting. My favourite is the tartan charm of Bill Travers throwing the hammer: 'Come away, ma wee Geordie!'