The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (1977– )

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A series of seven individual sitcom pilots from writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.


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19 July 2015 | Alanjackd
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After re watching this a few days ago, ( I found a copy of the DVD on the internet) I sat and watched in the hope that something other than modern day so -called comedy would be hanging around in hibernation. I was not disappointed. The writers clearly have certain actors in mind as we see the script wrings out every bit of talent out of the stars.Household names like Len Rossiter, Richard Briers, the incredible Arthur Lowe,Roy Barraclough...the list goes on.Incredible comic performances and character structure makes this as fresh today as they were over 35 years ago. Each and every one of theses shows could have been made into a long running t.v series that would have been a million times better than todays rubbish. (A few to mention..The In-Betweeners..My Family...Out -Numbered..the list of shame goes on...)Modern day writers should be strapped into a chair with blinkers on and be sat in front of these episodes and MADE to look,listen and learn.Arthur Lowe could have taken his role and made it bigger than Dad's Army and Len Rossiters character Jim could have given at least 6 series ( I think Rigsby was Based on Jims character and made slightly less arrogant and toned down for the larger audience). Richard Briers is amazing as the frustrated husband and we see many big stars on their way up in cameos. Pushing the boat out I would say that maybe as far as British Comedy is concerned this is among the best of the best proudly sitting alongside such marvels as Steptoe, The 2 Ronnies. Morecambe and Wise,Rab Nesbitt,Dear John( Look it up),Dads Army,Nearest and Dearest,Love thy Neighbour....Classic real life pathos and genuine characters push this way up the list. It doesn't get better than this .

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17 February 1977



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