Underused Characters Page 3

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 20th February 2013, 2:17pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Gordon Bennett @ February 20 2013, 8:38 AM GMT

Frank "Weazel" Weisel in Yes Minister.


Oh no, he was gone too late!

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Gordon Bennett

  • Wednesday 20th February 2013, 4:14pm [Edited]
  • Basel, Switzerland
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Quote: Aaron @ February 20 2013, 2:17 PM GMT

Oh no, he was gone too late!


Maybe you're right. But I think he didn't get enough material to judge. The premise was good; I liked his suspicion towards Appleby, and Appleby's fear of Hacker's caddy.

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youngian

  • Wednesday 20th February 2013, 4:49pm [Edited]
  • England
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Quote: Gordon Bennett @ February 20 2013, 4:14 PM GMT

Maybe you're right. But I think he didn't get enough material to judge. The premise was good; I liked his suspicion towards Appleby, and Appleby's fear of Hacker's caddy.


I would have gone for Humphrey's clueless banker mate Desmond Glazebrook, a man for our times.

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Blenkinsop

  • Wednesday 20th February 2013, 5:14pm
  • England
  • 2,013 posts

Private Sponge in Dad's Army. Perhaps not so much a character but more an uber-extra or, if you will, uber-supporting artiste

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codename 47

  • Thursday 21st February 2013, 1:26am [Edited]
  • Birmingham, England
  • 32 posts
Quote: lofthouse @ July 23 2011, 6:59 PM BST

The greased up deaf guy


On a similar note, Paddy Tanager, the Caddy manager...

Yeah, he's just a one shot catchphrase based character, big whoop, wanna fight about it?

On the Fast Show, The "Sorry I've just cum...." guy

On Big Train, The Fat handed Twat

On Father Ted, the..ha ha ha ha haaaa! Laughing Priest Heheheheh

On South Park, Lemmiwinks

And probably the most criminal of all:

On Red Dwarf: Holly.

Hey we have a new character let's just terribly underuse one of our funniest ones so he can handle all the boring exposition instead.

Yeah, Norman might be being a dick about Series 10/11 but there's no excuse for not bringing back Hattie or a third Holly for Series 10.
Particularly as the Russian Woman part was supposed to be all Holly but when Norman said no they rewrote it.
Helloooo? No Norman doesn't have to mean no Holly! It's happened before it can happen again!

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peter gazzard

  • Thursday 21st February 2013, 8:28am
  • England
  • 839 posts

Colonel Flagg from MASH
Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld

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Rupe

  • Thursday 18th April 2013, 11:23am
  • Espoo, Finland
  • 116 posts

Keith in The Office, with his deadpan expressions and disturbing remarks. And Finchy.

The Bishop character could have been used a bit more in Father Ted - the episodes he was in have a bit more tension and urgency about them than some of the others. And I'd have liked to have seen more of that high-pitched priest who built an extension on his house and then another extension on that so that his house went round in a circle.

Rising Damp could just have done with more characters full stop. Too claustophobic.

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dannyjb1

  • Thursday 18th April 2013, 11:33am
  • England
  • 2,464 posts

Monkey Harris and Sunglasses Ron from OFAH :D

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Silverfish

  • Sunday 21st April 2013, 11:50pm
  • England
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I liked Spooner in Rising Damp, and I reckon there was more mileage there because of his occupation (ex-Red Devil turned wrestler), short temper and dislike of Rigsby.

IIRC, he appeared in only two episodes - the Grand one where Rigsby and Alan borrowed his clothes, and the one where he wouldn't turn down his radio after breaking his ankle tripping over Vienna. Good stuff :D

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Aaron

  • Monday 22nd April 2013, 12:19am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Silverfish @ April 21 2013, 11:50 PM BST

I liked Spooner in Rising Damp, and I reckon there was more mileage there because of his occupation (ex-Red Devil turned wrestler), short temper and dislike of Rigsby.

IIRC, he appeared in only two episodes - the Grand one where Rigsby and Alan borrowed his clothes, and the one where he wouldn't turn down his radio after breaking his ankle tripping over Vienna. Good stuff :D


Yup. Series 1 episodes 2 and 4.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Monday 6th May 2019, 7:29am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
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Quote: Rupe @ 18th April 2013, 11:23 AM

Rising Damp could just have done with more characters full stop. Too claustophobic.

Others have said that about RD. I guess that's another reason it doesn't come higher on best sitcom lists while its fans rave about it. The closed room setting doesn't suit everyone. Chappell did write claustrophobic sitcoms - RD, Only When I Laugh, Home To Roost, few characters in closed spaces, classic theatre scenarios. They all had very good actors because he wrote longish scenes with few characters. Stage trained actors are best for this.

Porridge was claustrophobic too, and also had excellent actors although Barker was given so much to do. Didn't see enough of the superb side characters like Grouty, McClaren, Horrible Ives who were all used very sparely. Conversely OFAH which features a lot on this thread, had a great variety of settings and characters, several of whom didn't get enough airtime. The reason again being the main character hogged it a bit. But the acting also very good. I'll add Mickey Pearce to its list.

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Firkin

  • Monday 6th May 2019, 8:37am [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 750 posts
Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 6th May 2019, 7:29 AM

Porridge was claustrophobic

That's one of the downsides of prison. But I take your point. David Jason's character in Porridge was wonderfully acted. Would have liked more. Also Brad Pitt's guest roll in Friends, palpably resentful character, acted to perfection.