No Sex Please - We're British. Image shows from L to R: Barbara (Margaret Nolan), Brian Runnicles (Ronnie Corbett), Susan (Valerie Leon). Image credit: B.H.P. Films.

No Sex Please - We're British

Ronnie Corbett and Arthur Lowe star in an adaptation of the long-running stage farce about a bank, some Swedish glassware, and obscene material

Genre:
Film
Released:
1973
Starring:
Ronnie Corbett, Beryl Reid, Arthur Lowe, Ian Ogilvy, Susan Penhaligon, Michael Bates, Cheryl Hall, David Swift, Deryck Guyler, Valerie Leon, Margaret Nolan
Writers:
Anthony Marriott, Alistair Foot, Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke
Production:
B.H.P. Films

Life for newly-married assistant bank manager David Hunter is pretty easy - until a series of peculiar parcels begin arriving at his flat above the Windsor bank, and getting chief clerk Brian Runnicles into an awful fluster!

Brian and wife Penny are at a loss as to understand why they are in receipt of stacks of books entitled 1001 Perversions, dozens of reels of blue movies and hundreds more saucy postcards. She ordered some Swedish-made glassware, but the parcels arriving at the flat are Swedish produce of an entirely different nature!

Whilst David struggles to keep the matter from his anti-pornography campaigner boss Mr. Bowler, and Penny finds herself constantly frustrated by David's domineering and demanding vegetarian mother Bertha who has imposed herself upon the couple for the week, Brian runs around the town attempting to dispose of the goods.

And when two barely-clothed young women turn up one evening, Brian's convinced he's finally snapped!

Will the trio ever manage to get rid of the dirty material? Can they avoid the police discovering the parcels and accusing them of distribution? And just who is sending such filthy items - and why?!

Our Review: It may be rather unhinged, and at times a little predictable, but No Sex Please - We're British is nevertheless a delightfully crafted and wonderfully funny farce.

Running for nearly a decade from 1971 on the London stage alone, this 1973 film adaptation was adapted by sitcom stalwarts Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke with one of the original authors, and their combined expertise - not to mention the skill of the wonderful ensemble cast - shows.

On stage, the role of Brian was created by Michael Crawford - who borrowed more than a little for his characterisation of Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - before being taken over by David Jason.