By Beryl Bainbridge. Two ‘singles’, Rosemary Leach and Michael Gambon, are ‘introduced’ to each other by well-meaning friends, but the encounter doesn’t go the way they intended. With Joan Hickson.
ACE-TITLED SURBUBACOM with RONNIE CORBETT (playing a character called Ronnie) married to ROSEMARY LEACH struggling to get one over on smug arse neighbour HENRY MCGEE and assert authority in the office despite being knee-high to a grasshopper’s knees. Predictable run-ins with the boss, the boss’s secretary, the boss’s secretary’s stapler, a missing stapler, a missing boss, missing the train, missing his boss’s train and so on. Penned by unlikely trio GRAHAM CHAPMAN, ERIC IDLE and BARRY CRYER; called into existence by DAVID PARADINE FROST. Obligatory spin-off had obligatory spin-off title: NOW LOOK HERE…!
Our leading lady, Rosemary Leach, took up her position outside the Post Office with the children, and we set up to go for a take with all the vehicles in their start positions. As you can see from the low light in my photographs we were getting to the end of a long day. Everyone on the crew was tired, tempers were getting short and the twins were the only ones left with any energy. But the camera turned over and the Director shouted, ‘Action!’ The vehicles set off. There was then the curious sound of heavy rain. Sheep came not walking but galloping into the market square.
The drama, set in the early 1930’s, was nominated for a BAFTA. It had an exceptionally talented cast including Rosemary Leach, John Woodvine, Sam Kelly and Henry Dimbleby. I’m not sure if you can spot him that easily on the cover of the DVD, but one of the characters in the story soon became a household name. It was William, Mrs Barrable’s fawn pug dog. He was soon known nationally – if not internationally – as Little Willie, Ethel’s pet dog in the soap opera Eastenders.
|Nombre de nacimiento||Rosemary Anne Leach|
|Nacimiento||18 de diciembre de 1935 (80 años)
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, Inglaterra
|Año de debut||1960|
|Año de retiro||presente|