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Old 10-03-2013, 10:24
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It's a shame they ruined the toe in the tap episode by redoing it with Miss Rumbelow.

Good on Eric for sticking with Richard when the BBC wanted him off the show after saying he wanted a pay rise.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:59
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Try and check out the Arena docu "Sykes and a Day". I dont think Sykes was, as someone suggested, a typical 70s, dull, Terry and June - style sit com. It was extremely well written and its surrealism and pathos complemented the laugh out loud daft bits. They all got on too.... Hat and Eric adored each other like brother and sister off screen. I love that Sellars episode outtake where they all corpse continually.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:10
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Try and check out the Arena docu "Sykes and a Day". I dont think Sykes was, as someone suggested, a typical 70s, dull, Terry and June - style sit com. It was extremely well written and its surrealism and pathos complemented the laugh out loud daft bits. They all got on too.... Hat and Eric adored each other like brother and sister off screen. I love that Sellars episode outtake where they all corpse continually.
Yeah I love that as well " I just bit her ear ring off".
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:12
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My favourite Sykes moment is the handcuff scene when they tried to eat their dinner.....

Classic comedy...
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:12
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I like the episode which has Eric as a bus driver and Hattie the ticket collector, no one but Eric could have written a script that funny.
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Old 10-03-2013, 14:26
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Richard Wattis was a brilliant character actor and a lively character by all accounts, a book about him would be very interesting.

Eric had to write him out after the 1961 series because his agent was asking for more than what the BBC were willing to pay him.

He came back for the 1972-1974 series but died in 1975 during a meal in a restaurant. Eric said he hoped it happened before he paid the bill!
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Old 10-03-2013, 15:29
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Surreal, witty, full of sight gags and THAT theme tune, come on BBC, we'd like a repeat.
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Old 10-03-2013, 16:16
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Richard Wattis was a brilliant character actor and a lively character by all accounts, a book about him would be very interesting.

Eric had to write him out after the 1961 series because his agent was asking for more than what the BBC were willing to pay him.

He came back for the 1972-1974 series but died in 1975 during a meal in a restaurant. Eric said he hoped it happened before he paid the bill!
I heard the BBC wanted Wattis dropped when the second series of the 70's started and Sykes said no.
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Old 10-03-2013, 17:15
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Surreal, witty, full of sight gags and THAT theme tune, come on BBC, we'd like a repeat.
Sykes is often repeated on Gold sky channel
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Old 10-03-2013, 17:32
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But for those of us who refuse to
fund the Murdoch world domination
scam,we have to be content with the
great memories and the odd and rare
bbc2 'one off' for random reasons!
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Old 10-03-2013, 17:39
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My favourite was Sykes and a Bus.Had me in stitches as a lad.
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Old 10-03-2013, 17:48
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But for those of us who refuse to
fund the Murdoch world domination
scam,we have to be content with the
great memories and the odd and rare
bbc2 'one off' for random reasons!
More choices than Murdoch. Virgin, BT etc.
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:04
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I'm also a fan of Sykes.I've got all 7 series on dvd.Series 1 was the only 1 that got an offical release.I recorded series 2-7 (including the christmas special) from Gold.
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:13
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Did anyone notice how Hattie's character became more vulnerable and picked upon as the series progressed I think the episode where she is seen to be going mad is where this reached it's peak.

One of my faves is the Christmas episode where they goto Corky's house.
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:22
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I love the episode when they are in the caravan next door to Corky and also the one where they have to look after an injured Mr Brown next door


I also vaguely remember an episode when Dilys Laye ( I think) played Erics new girlfriend and her and Hattie don't get on, haven't seen that one for about twenty years but thought it was hilarious at the time.
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:26
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I love the episode when they are in the caravan next door to Corky and also the one where they have to look after an injured Mr Brown next door


I also vaguely remember an episode when Dilys Laye ( I think) played Erics new girlfriend and her and Hattie don't get on, haven't seen that one for about twenty years but thought it was hilarious at the time.
And Corky's missus was finally shown in the Caravan episode as well and not just Eric's voice from upstairs as in other episodes.
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:27
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And Corky's missus was finally shown in the Caravan episode as well and not just Eric's voice from upstairs as in other episodes.
That's right, although I think her face was covered in porridge
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Old 10-03-2013, 20:30
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That's right, although I think her face was covered in porridge
I think it was the same actress who played the mad lady in the Christmas specialat Corky's whose name I forget.
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Old 10-03-2013, 22:25
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Anyone else like this brilliant Eric Sykes sitcom, I think it's great and never seemed to get the recognition it deserved. Eric Sykes is great in it and of course so is Hattie Jacques as his twin sister but I think the show is stolen by Richard Wattis as their snobby neighbour and especially Deryk Guyler as Constable Turnbull.


They used to show it a lot on GOLD but it hasn't been on for quite a few months.
It got plenty of well deserved recognition at the time it was made. Especially for the original version. The colour remake was less successful but still very funny.

The BBC think less of it, unlike Dad's Army, Porridge or Open All Hours, it hasn't had a terrestial airing since Eddie Heath was in charge.

Sorry, it's just Terry and June except they aren't married, standard TV fare for the 1970s.
Absolutely nothing like Terry and June, apart from the suburban location. Terry and June was safe and predictable, Sykes was never safe and often quite surreal.
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Old 10-03-2013, 22:54
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I heard the BBC wanted Wattis dropped when the second series of the 70's started and Sykes said no.
Wattis's agent demanded more money in 1961 and the BBC forced a reluctant Sykes to write him out. Sykes was glad to have him back for the 1972 revival.
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Old 10-03-2013, 23:06
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For the second series of 'Sykes and A...' Wattis's agent asked for Richard's fee to be increased. The BBC's reaction was to ask Sykes to write Mr Brown out of the series. Sykes refused. In his autobiography, 'If I Don't Write It, Nobody Else Will' Eric Sykes wrote "...it is my firm belief that you can't buy talent on the cheap, so my cast remained unchanged, and I made sure that Richard was with us until the day he died many years later."

http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/wattis.htm
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Old 10-03-2013, 23:07
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If BBC had any deceny they would release the entire collection as a tribute.
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Old 11-03-2013, 00:03
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i think churchill dog voice was based on guyler. who did a fogotten series of ads for Memorex recording tape .......

my fave sykes is where he gets his toe stuck in bath tap. so they remove the entire bath wih him still in it ! then gets progressively more surreal up to weird scene in hospital a&e dept where lots of people have vases on their arms and heads stuck in dustbins etc .......
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Old 11-03-2013, 14:42
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One of my faves is when Eric decides to run to Brighton and Hattie and Corky are following him by car.
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Old 11-03-2013, 15:59
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i think churchill dog voice was based on guyler. who did a fogotten series of ads for Memorex recording tape .......

my fave sykes is where he gets his toe stuck in bath tap. so they remove the entire bath wih him still in it ! then gets progressively more surreal up to weird scene in hospital a&e dept where lots of people have vases on their arms and heads stuck in dustbins etc .......
Bob Mortimer was the original "voice" of the Churchill dog and he has said he based it on Deryck Guyler's voice.
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