Frankie Howerd show?

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Frankie Howerd

Sketch and stand-up series starring inimitable comic Frankie Howerd, and written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

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possnoah

  • Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 4:41am
  • Tasmania, Australia
  • 5 posts

Not sure if this is the right place for this thread as I am new to the forums but anyhow.
Can anybody help me with this?

Between the Howerd Crowd (1952) and Up Pompeii (1969), this series was pure Frankie Howerd- Self-deprecating, charming and 'shocked" at the audience's willingness to find innuendo in his words. This classic episode finds Frankie visiting a lonely hearts agency (run by John Le Mesurier) to find a suitable partner (June Whitfield).

All I know is this is an episode from 1966 and I saw it on a Golden Years of Tv Comedy VHS. I enjoyed this very much and wonder if you have any info on it. For example:
What is the series called?
What is the name of the episode?
Is the series available on DVD?
Any other info on the series?

Thank you for your help and I hope somebody knows something about this superb series.
Possnoah ;)

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James Cotter

  • Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 11:10am [Edited]
  • Exeter, England
  • 1,590 posts

Hi, I'm currently researching a documentary called Don't Mock Francis: The Story of Frankie Howerd so I knew what show you meant straight away. The series was simply called Frankie Howerd and the episode you refer to is the third episode of the second series, broadcast on the 8th March 1966. The series was written by the two finest comedy writers this planet has ever seen, Galton and Simpson. And the show was very much like Hancock's Half Hour but with Frankie being the focus, he even played a character called Francis Howerd. As far as I'm aware the series is not on DVD. Hope that's helped.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 1:13pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,309 posts

The series is not available on DVD, no, however 5 of the 6 episodes from the second series are available if one knows where to look. Sadly, the entire first series is missing. A massive shame as the second is really very funny. A nice mix of stand-up and sitcom-sketch in that typical Frankie style.

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shaggy292

  • Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 4:49pm
  • London, England
  • 1,736 posts

Cotter, one of us is going to have to step aside, avatar-wise

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James Cotter

  • Thursday 3rd June 2010, 11:37am
  • Exeter, England
  • 1,590 posts
Quote: shaggy292 @ June 2 2010, 4:49 PM BST

Cotter, one of us is going to have to step aside, avatar-wise


I have changed mine to a young go getting comedian.

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Badge

  • Friday 4th June 2010, 12:24am
  • London, England
  • 9,490 posts
Quote: James Cotter @ June 3 2010, 11:37 AM BST

I have changed mine to a young go getting comedian.


But what are you trying to do with your hand?

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James Cotter

  • Friday 4th June 2010, 11:40am [Edited]
  • Exeter, England
  • 1,590 posts
Quote: Badge @ June 4 2010, 12:24 AM BST

But what are you trying to do with your hand?


Making a serious point.

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possnoah

  • Sunday 6th June 2010, 10:16am
  • Tasmania, Australia
  • 5 posts

thanks for your help everybody.

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James Cotter

  • Monday 7th June 2010, 7:49pm
  • Exeter, England
  • 1,590 posts
Quote: possnoah @ June 6 2010, 10:16 AM BST

thanks for your help everybody.


That's okay. Nice to help a fellow fan.