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Happy Wednesday!
After a thoroughly entertaining Eurovision debacle and a day when it almost didn’t rain, we’re quite convinced that Spring is set for a long over-due reboot. We’re so excited that that we’re even contemplating donning our wellies and our sou'westers to risk a little cricket.
Having spent far more years than we’d care to shake a stick at in the British weather, we’re not counting our ducks just yet, though. So here’s usual round-up of fun things that don’t invlove getting wet.

Bailey
Bailey
What's on the Telly?
We normally like to list a couple of great comedy films showing in the next seven days but the schedules have beaten us this time. There is nothing that we can recommend without reservation.
Instead, we’ll look at two examples of an almost universally failed genre: the 1970’s extended sit-com.
Are You Being Served?(1977) is a rare example of a reasonably successful foray into the extended format. The main reason it works is that Croft and Perry took their characters out of their regular situation and sent them on holiday. It doesn’t have the prolonged episode feel of most adaptations. It’s one of the rare cases where the film is marginally preferable to a regular episode.
The only real issue is that the regular episodes were also somewhat hit and miss. (Saturday, 22:30, Channel 5).
Are You Being Served? (1977) - TV Films UK
Our next attempt is one that should be eradicated from history. Eric Chappell’s Rising Damp was a cracking TV adaptation of his own play, The Banana Box. From 1974 to 1978, it was one of the best sit-coms out there.
Quite why it was decided to make a movie version in 1980 is anybody’s guess. There is a major obstacle in that one of the show’s main stars Richard Beckinsale had passed away in the interim and the whole thing seems to be a desperate attempt to fill an Alan-shaped hole.
It’s an insult to a fine series and we strongly recommend that you avoid it like the plague. Don’t watch ITV3 at 12:10 AM on Tuesday.
Rising Damp (1980) - TV Films UK
Cat of the Week
In a special, celebrity edition of COTW, we introduce you to Bailey Adams. Bailey is a pedigree bruiser of unknown age who adopted Peejay’s Mum at a rescue centre. He’s an English Cream, with a few additional black stripes acquired through his obsession with sitting under motor cars.
What he lacks in teeth, he more than makes up for in cattitude.
Bailey's the one on the left.
Bailey's the one on the left.
Back to Normality
With the pubs being open in a limited and specific way, even Jesus felt the need to go out for a long awaited pint, this week.
A Prophet Walks Into a Bar ...
Classic Comedy Corner
From 1987. The wonderful Emo Philips on religion …
Voted One Of The Funniest Jokes In The World - by Emo Phillips Crazy Coder
Voted One Of The Funniest Jokes In The World - by Emo Phillips Crazy Coder
Obligatory Cat Cartoons
We've all been there.
We've all been there.
Hi, Mum!
Hi, Mum!
A Break From Cats
Here one for the RAT fans!
Roland Rat: OWRRAS Summer Spectacular (1985) - near-full episode
Roland Rat: OWRRAS Summer Spectacular (1985) - near-full episode
Toon Time
We don’t see enough Terrytoons these days. Here are Heckle and Jeckle in King Tut’s Tomb from 1950. It’s a bit of a departure from the normal Heckle and Jeckle formula as director Mannie Davis takes us on an Egyptian phantasia.
KING TUT'S TOMB
KING TUT'S TOMB
Hasta la Pasta
Thank you for your company. We hope that something here has tickled you as much as our world-beating Eurovision campaign probably did. We’ll be back, next week, with more mirth and merriment.
Until then, we wish you a wonderful week.
Excelsior!
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