Hi-de-Hi!

Season 7 Episode 1

It's Murder

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Aired Unknown Jan 05, 1986 on BBC
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It's Murder
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It seems the campers are no longer prepared to put up with Mr. Partridge's behaviour towards their children. So the staff are faced with a predicament when he goes missing.

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  • A change.

    7.1
    The disappearance of an actor from a show can cause a number of challenges for the writers. They can ignore it, explain it with one line of dialogue or turn it into the plot of an episode. In this case, Croft and Perry had plenty of time to think about their strategy. During the previous season, Leslie Dwyer only appeared in the location scenes. Apparently, he was already unavailable for the studio work. Croft and Perry chose to make Partridge's disappearance the story line for two episodes. I wish they hadn't.



    The best episodes of Hi-de-Hi have decent plots. Peculiarly, this one doesn't. It feels like a set-up for the final shot. Individual scenes rely completely on the strength of the characters, sometimes quite predictably. Often, they could have appeared in any episode. Croft and Perry use their knowledge of holiday camps, beautifully portraying the challenges of the entertainment staff. (Good example: Ted's attempt to sing an emotional song, despite the din in the ballroom.) Things seem to be prepared for later episodes, such as Peggy's romantic adventures.



    Was this a single episode padded out to become a two-parter?moreless
Barry Howard

Barry Howard

Barry Stuart-Hargeaves

Chris Andrews (II)

Chris Andrews (II)

Gary

David Griffin

David Griffin

Squadron Leader Clive Dempster DFC

David Webb (II)

David Webb (II)

Stanley Matthews

Diane Holland

Diane Holland

Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves

Felix Bowness

Felix Bowness

Fred Quilly

Bill Pertwee

Bill Pertwee

Angry Camper

Guest Star

Billy Burden

Billy Burden

Mr. Thompson

Guest Star

Barry Birch

Barry Birch

Boy In Ballroom

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • (It's very difficult to wake up Clive in the morning.)
      Peggy: How did you manage when you were in the RAF during the war and they shouted, "Scramble! Bandits at 12 o'clock!"
      Clive: I'm perfectly prepared to meet bandits at 12 o'clock, but not at half past eight in the morning. Anyhow, I was a bomber pilot. We didn't scramble, we operated at night.
      Peggy: Haven't changed much, have you?

    • (Ted thinks Spike has unusual ears.)
      Ted: As a comedian you can exploit them. Joe E. Brown did it with his mouth. 'Schnozzle' Durante did it with his nose. And you could do it with your ears. Mae West did it and all.

    • Gladys: You be careful, Peggy. Men are all the same.
      Peggy: Not the ones I meet.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Peggy mentions that a drunken Partridge shocked the campers by singing "The Ballad of Eskimo Nell". This bawdy song describes how Deadeye Dick and Mexican Pete meet a renowned prostitute. Its origins or author are unknown, but it was probably written in the nineteen thirties.

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