Can't remember the name of that comedy series...

Photograph courtesy of Revelation Films. Image shows from L to R: Little Removal Man (Johnny Vyvyan), Head Removal Man (Eric Sykes), Big Removal Man (Tommy Cooper). Copyright: Thames Television.

It's Your Move

Dialogue-free comedy comedy starring Eric Sykes and Tommy Cooper as removal men

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Michelle Liddle

  • Thursday 5th July 2012, 11:23am [Edited]
  • England
  • 3 posts

Hi, can anyone help me remember what the name of a comedy series was I used to watch in the early to mid eighties? I believe it was on ITV on a weekday at 8pm, it was about the inhabitants of a residential street and no one spoke at all! The only noises were background noise and the odd 'umm' and 'ah' from the actors. The most vivid memory I have of this show was a parrot that repeatedly screeched "I'm sorry darlin!". This was the only dialogue in the whole show. I've tried searching on Google but no joy! Please help, it's driving me nuts! Teary Laughing out loud

Off-topic post by David Bussell on Thu 5th Jul 2012, 11:53

You're probably remembering the short-lived but fondly remembered sitcom, Mime is Money, about a group of street mimes who witness a mob hit and are relocated to the suburbs for their own protection. I believe it starred Dennis Waterman and the late Anita Dobson.

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shaggy292

  • Thursday 5th July 2012, 4:02pm
  • London, England
  • 1,736 posts

With Bernard Bresslaw as the parrot

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Steve Charlie

  • Sunday 8th July 2012, 4:31am [Edited]
  • EN, New Zealand
  • 195 posts

I think you might be thinking of a series of short silent films (possibly all by Eric Sykes?). Here's a bit from Wikipedia...

Other Eric Sykes short silent films in similar style to The Plank: Rhubarb (1969), Rhubarb Rhubarb (1980, a TV remake of Rhubarb), and other TV specials for Thames TV such as It's Your Move (1982), Mr. H Is Late (1988) and The Big Freeze (1993).

The one with the parrot sounds like 'It's Your Move' with Richard Briers. Here's a link to it...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121410/

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Aaron

  • Sunday 8th July 2012, 1:23pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,363 posts

Available in this DVD set, if that's the one:

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Michelle Liddle

  • Monday 9th July 2012, 12:41pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 3 posts

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone, but it's none of them I'm afraid. I wouldve remembered Eric Sykes if it had been a show with him in it. I seem to have a vague image of a main male character having sandy-coloured curlyish hair?? Can't beleive Googling the parrot's catchphrase yields nothing - it was the show's whole tagline!! I'm not sure if Bernard Bresslaw did the voice of the parrot as it was really screechy..I guess my childhood memories are just too vivid and I'll have to put this one to rest. Even my own parents don't remember it, yet I remember sitting round the TV gaffawing at it! I don't remember any such plot as criminals on the run, all I remember is it was set in a suburban street and went in and out of people's house - much in the way sit-coms of the seventies/eighties were always set; George and Mildred, etc. Had that same feel. Unimpressed Hopefully one day they'll repeat it and I can rest!

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Steve Charlie

  • Tuesday 10th July 2012, 12:04am [Edited]
  • EN, New Zealand
  • 195 posts

"Thanks for the suggestions, everyone, but it's none of them I'm afraid. I wouldve remembered Eric Sykes if it had been a show with him in it. I seem to have a vague image of a main male character having sandy-coloured curlyish hair?? Can't beleive Googling the parrot's catchphrase yields nothing - it was the show's whole tagline!!"

What you're describing does sounds like 'It's You're Move'. Eric Sykes might not have been in it, but he might have written or directed it or something. It was made in 1982 and starred Richard Briers (i.e. Tom Good in The Good Life). He is probably the one one with curlyish hair. Throughout it the parrot continually repeated a phrase such as 'Sorry, Darling.'.

I just had a look at the clip and Sykes was in it.

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Michelle Liddle

  • Tuesday 10th July 2012, 9:46am [Edited]
  • England
  • 3 posts

I just watched the clip and that's it!!! Success! Thanks to those who suggested It's Your Move initially and I poo-pooed it, I was thrown off track by it being stated it was made in 1969 - I didn't think it was that old! And I'm surprised at the famous faces in it; I must've been too young to recognise who they were at the time, I was only 10!