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).