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Best Pair of Legs in the Business, The (1973)

Capitalising on his remarkable success in On the Buses, Reg Varney took on the contrasting role of a third-rate seaside holiday camp entertainer dreaming of stardom in this mid-seventies tragi-comedy feature.


Also starring Diana Coupland and Lee Montague, The Best Pair of Legs in the Business was adapted from an individual ITV Playhouse drama and scripted by Emmerdale Farm creator Kevin Laffan.

‘Sherry’ Sheridan (Varney), a middle-aged compere and drag artiste currently stationed at a caravan site, is low on talent but high on ambition.

Convinced he just needs one decent break to launch himself into the big time, he’s relentlessly optimistic but sadly unaware that his family life is crumbling around him.

Can Sherry manage to secure both his job and his marriage?


Varney had played the role before in the 1968 TV play of the same name, also directed by Christopher Hodson.

Unfortunately, his fans didn’t want to know and The Best Pair of Legs in the Business ended up on the bottom half of a double bill with The Best of Benny Hill (1974).

bestpairoflegsVarney never played another straight part and his career was effectively over.

‘Sherry’ Sheridan
Reg Varney
Mary Sheridan
Diana Coupland
Jean Harvey
Lee Montague
David Lincoln
George Sweeney
Alan Sheridan
Michael Hadley

Christopher Hodson