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something for everyone
on 24 September 2010
This is the 8 episode season originally broadcast on the BBC from 1 November 1980 to 26 December 1980.
The serial running though the season is "The Worm that Turned" with the late Diana Dors. A tale where women's liberation has meant the men are now the "weaker" gender and are subjugated by women. The ruling class (women) enforce their rule by the use of a police force of women in shiny, tight, black shorts, jackets and knee high boots.
- Mastermind - answering "the question before last"
- Energy saving
- Greetings Cards
- Crossword commute
- Ministry of Poetry
- Minister of Intelligence - art of secrecy
- Society for the Prevention of Pissmonunciation
- Shop sketch - sweet shop
- Shop sketch - bad writing
- Inventors conference, and many more.
The iconic musical numbers are:
- Broadway Malady
- Chumley Hunt
- Arabian Nights - Sultan's Harem
- Rochdale Bell Ringers (campanology)
- Yeomen of the Tower
- Star Wars, and
- Circus Big Top
There are audio menus, and English subtitles, but no other extras - again.
The singing interlude alternates between Elkie Brooks and Barbara Dickson.
No season of the Two Ronnies is complete without Mr Corbett's famous monologues.
Those the season is more PC than previous ones there are still moments where they slip - so if you are very easily offended you may want to avoid this series. However, if you can remember that this was 30 years ago it is a great series of the time.
Admittedly, it doesn't match the standard of previous season, especially when compared to the Phantom Raspberry Blower. I also noticed that where, in previous seasons, there have been at least two of the musical numbers that I have played over and over again here there is just the one. As with many series there are good moments and bad ones, but some of the things that I like others won't, so we make of it what we want.
I put my hands up and admit that I tend to fast forward through the bits I don't like and replay the sketches and musical numbers I like, but isn't that what DVDs of comedy series like this are for.
I don't regret my purchase. It is a great edition to my collection. A collection which has in itself become a great insight into the changing attitudes of our society year-on-year; and it is far easier to study the changes this way than reading a dry textbook.
Thankfully, I'll now have something to watch when I'm with my older family members and children or when I'm on my own in hospital instead of the usual forced diet of soaps, make-overs and antique shows. I wait with baited breath for season 9.