Quote: Tommy Griff @ 13th April 2021, 9:20 PM
Some strong opinions against poor old Buster here - what does it matter that he didn't have the acting caliber? He absolutely nailed the role Sullivan had written for him and he joined at a time that the show was evolving and this is evident in the fact the ratings got higher and higher as time went by.
That is true, he did do the right thing in writing in a new character, no doubt not wanting to repeat the mistakes of Citizen Smith (I doubt they were his decisions) when actors left. He also avoided the errors of sitcoms like AYBS, bringing identical characters in all but name in.
He went for a complete change of character that brought with it its own problems, he was loud and boastful, traits most Brits don't like, especially when Grandad was a quiet and naïve character. It reminds me of the casting of Cheeseman to replace Walker, subtle, clever and cool replaced by loud and uncool - was never going to be popular with everyone. But I see the point you make, it was Sullivan's choice. And the sitcom did get stronger and more popular during his tenure (if not because of it).