1 9 8 2/1 9 9 3 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived 30 minute BBC comedy series was Frankie Howerd’s last sitcom.
Ostensibly a transfer of his Up Pompeii! persona into World War II khaki, Howerd played bungling Private Percy Potts who was acting as batman to Colonel Robert Witherton (Nicholas Courtney) in Churchill’s underground London bunker in 1941.
Howerd spent half the programme talking to camera, delivering panto-style chestnuts galore in his distinctive style. The rest was slapstick dialogue between him and assorted military stooges who fed him with double-entendre opportunities.
The show’s scheduled March 1982 transmission was dropped because of sensitivity over the Falklands War and the episodes gathered dust in the BBC vaults for 11 years until the series was finally screened by satellite channel UK Gold in 1993.
Sadly, Howerd died a year before the series got its eventual airing.
Pvt. Percy Potts
Lt. Col. Robert Witherton
Petty Officer Joan Bottomley
Sgt. Maj. McRuckus
Pvt. Norman Pain
Peggy Ann Clifford
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