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A series of sketches featuring the Helping Hands agency.
on 28 January 2002
This fifth instalment of the Carry On... series was more of a series of sketches. Now that the series was a top box office money-spinner for producer Peter Rogers, director Gerald Thomas and screenwriter Norman Hudis, they were inundated with ideas from the public. The answer was to take the best of these ideas and turn them into incidents featuring members of a "Helping Hands" agency. Manager of the agency was Sidney James and his team included Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Bill Owen, Terence Longdon (his last Carry On...), Liz Fraser and Joan Sims. The best of the sketches include Sims getting drunk at a wine tasting and Hawtrey ending up in a boxing match. Some sketches work better than others. The whole team at the "Ideal House Exhibition" works, the whole team cleaning one of their landlord's properties at the end doesn't. But the joy as always is to watch a team of comic geniuses at work.