- Friday 2nd October 2009, 12:13am [Edited]
- 2,965 posts
I still think the episodes were still at a very good quality, but the show was never as good without Beck I felt. Since Beck died, there seemed a decrease in the brilliant dialogue (though it was still there) and there was more slapstick. In Series 7, Taflyn Thomas came in as Private Cheeseman. A decent job, but not a patch on Beck. I think his absence showed what a main character he was in the show. I know he was best known for his spiv-like ways which were a good asset on the show, but for me that wasn't his main strengh. I loved the way he was a constant thorn in Mainwaring's side, always giving his serious lectures witty interuptions which I thought was hilarious, not only for the wittiness of the comments, but for the way Arthur Lowe responded to them.