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All Gas and Gaiters 1967-1971 British classic sitcom

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There were quite few sitcoms that used unlikely themes as the basis for humour, but decision to make a bishop the main character for sitcom in All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' title='All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' target=_blank>All Gas and Gaiters was rather revolutionary. First of all the world of a bishop is rather limited - there are only few people in his environment, there are certain topics that can't be used in the humour (he is a priest after all), there are certain templates that can't be used. Yet in case of All Gas and Gaiters Edwin Apps and Pauline Devaney managed to avoid all the traps and make a really entertaining sitcom out of idea that seemed unsuitable for comedy.


The life of Bishop Cuthbert Hever is rather simple - he lives next to St Ogg’s cathedral, as bishop he has limited responsibilities, he can spend day contemplating all the serious religious matters. Of course most of the time he does not do it, he would rather have some tea in the study and later perhaps a little nap. He has a chaplain to help him with the every day chores, Mervyn Noote, who is keen, although rather goofy young man. Also the Archdeacon Henry Blunt, who shares all the hobbies of the bishop, especially the afternoon sherry, lives nearby so they can spend a lot of time together. But there is one person that stirs this perfect picture - Dean Lionel Pugh-Critchley, a very strict man, who takes care of the cathedral and simply can’t help getting on the nerves of the bishop. Each time something goes not as the bishop would want it to the dean is nearby to make things even worse.

Just like in case of Only When I Laugh the cast of All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' title='All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' target=_blank>All Gas and Gaiters is very limited, four men plus some additional characters, but it is one of the best classic British sitcoms. Of course it can hardly be compared to Dad’s Army or Are You Being Served??, but All Gas and Gaiters had its own style, its own pace and this relaxed atmosphere was a perfect ingredient for the concept of this sitcom.


Notes

  • Unfortunately All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' title='All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' target=_blank>All Gas and Gaiters was one of the victim of wiping the tapes by the television, so only part of the TV episodes have survived to this day. Rest of them are available in audio version.
  • Creators of All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' title='All Gas and Gaiters 1967 comedy series' target=_blank>All Gas and Gaiters, Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps, were husband and wife, but they used a pseudonym of "John Wraith" in the pilot episode.



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