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Clockwise (1986)

Brian Stimpson (John Cleese) is the punctilious and highly disciplined headmaster of a Gloucestershire comprehensive school who sets out to chair the annual Headmasters’ Conference in Norwich – the pinnacle of his career.

But he misses the train and, with his timing awry, his world begins to fall apart and his whole moral fabric is torn to shreds.

He hijacks a lift from a pupil (Sharon Maiden) who has been canoodling with the music master but the harder he tries to get to Norwich on time, the more the gods twist the knife within the guts of his obsessive rectitude, resulting in increasingly hair-raising escapades en route across the country.

He ends up as a careless driver, telephone box vandal and worse as Stimpson’s wife (Alison Steadman) chases after him with a party of confused geriatrics, assorted policemen, the Norwich CID, the Regional Crime Squad and outraged parents following him into the country house conference centre.

Cleese dominates the film, but hard as he tries to conceal it, a certain Mr Fawlty tends to surface, if only in the mind’s eye.

Brian Stimpson
John Cleese
Howard Lloyd-Lewis
Jonathan Bowater
Mr Jolly
Stephen Moore
Gwenda Stimpson
Alison Steadman
Robert Wilkinson
Glen Scully
Mark Burdis
Mandy Kostakis
Nadia Sawalha
Paul Stimpson
Chip Sweeney
Laura Wisely
Sharon Maiden
Mrs Trellis
Joan Hickson
Mrs Wheel
Constance Chapman
Mrs Way
Ann Way
Mrs Wisely
Pat Keen
Mr Wisely
Geoffrey Hutchings
Penelope Wilton

Christopher Morahan