Seven of One

BBC Two (ended 1973)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    I'll Fly You for a Quid

    Aired 5/6/73

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    One Man's Meat

    Aired 4/29/73

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Another Fine Mess

    Aired 4/22/73

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Spanner's Eleven

    Aired 4/15/73

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    My Old Man

    Aired 4/8/73

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ronnie Barker

    Various Characters

  • Joan Sims

    Mrs. Dawkins

  • Prunella Scales

    Marion Joyce

  • Talfryn Thomas

    Mr. Pugh

  • Emrys James

    Reverend Simmonds

  • show Description
  • British anthology series featuring Ronnie Barker in seven one-off comedy pilot shows which led to the first two being developed into the hit shows, 'Open All Hours' and 'Porridge'

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  • Quotes (10)

    • Fletcher: Due to my lack of scholastic achievement I was unable to follow the professions I wanted, like stock brokering or teaching tennis at a girls' school. So, as I didn't fancy much working in the cardboard box factory, I robbed a sub-post office off the North Circular.

      Barrowclough: And you've never looked back since.

      Fletcher: No, nor have I ever been short of threepenny stamps.

    • Willy: Sam, how are you, mate?

      Sam: I thought you was dead, mate.

      Willy: I'm as good as. I'm living with the family.

      Sam: So am I. I've been condemned. They said I wasn't safe.

    • Ron: Dad prefers diesels. He says they're cleaner.

      Sam: In my day, with the old steam trains, the roof of Paddington Stations used to be full of pigeons. It's diesel what's driven them out. Progress?

      Ron: But they've landed a man on the moon, haven't they, Granddad?

      Sam: Not British Rail, they haven't.

    • Norman: I'm a very attentive lover, I am. Unless there's a late night match on the telly.

      Vera: You, attentive? What about that time I appeared wearing hot pants? All you did was blow your whistle!

      Norman: Well, you was offside, weren't you?

    • Norman: We're in this together. A mutual love of the game has drawn us together.

      Councillor: As a politician, I'm forced to admire your ability to lie and wriggle.

    • Alan: (about his diet) I'm going to go through with it. I've attempted it before.

      Marion: Yes, I know. You ended up half a pound heavier.

      Alan: There were mitigating circumstances.

      Marion: I'd hardly call the fact that you had your socks on mitigating circumstances.

    • Alan: You and I have known each other for a long time now, Mrs ... Mrs ...

      Mrs Dawkins: Mrs Dawkins.

      Alan: Dawkins, yes. Or may I call you Gladys?

      Mrs Dawkins: If you like. My name's Betty.

    • Reverend Simmonds: (about gambling) It has affected you all, like an epidemic. At harvest festival, when I announced hymn number 82, a voice shouted, "House"! Last Sunday, when I chose for my text a quotation from Isaiah, chapter 3, Alwyn Morris offered me six to one it was from Corinthians.

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    Notes (3)

    • Open All Hours later became a hit sitcom for the BBC.

    • My Old Man later became an ITV sitcom starring Clive Dunn.

    • Ronnie Barker wrote this episode using the pseudonym 'Jack Goetz'.

    Trivia (4)

    • Granville is supposed to be 25 years old. David Jason was 33 at the time the pilot was made.

    • This episode served as the pilot for the classic comedy series 'Porridge' (1974-1977).

    • Norman's taxi has a sticker with the message 'Support your local team with an appliance or something'.

    • In this loving tribute to Laurel & Hardy the main characters have names that refer to the classic comedy duo's real names. Ronnie Barker plays the Hardy role as Harry Norvel; Oliver Hardy's real name was Oliver Norvell Hardy. Roy Castle gives an uncanny imitation of Stan Laurel, whose real name was Arthur Stanley Jefferson. Here it becomes Sydney Jefferson.

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