1 9 7 9 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes
This 1979 Thames Television comedy series was written by Jimmy Perry without his usual writing partner David Croft. It’s probably kindest to say they obviously worked better together!
Charles Spooner (Bryan Pringle) is the put upon manager of the room service department of a swanky London hotel. The staff are all incompetent. Some of them are foreign.
The script tries too hard to be funny (and fails), the situations are cliched and the over-enthusiastic cast just seems embarrassing. There are too many characters and not enough jokes.
The critics dismissed it as one of the worst TV sitcoms ever made and the series was dropped after seven episodes.
Aldo de Vito