Unseen footage of popular 1970s BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em will be shown at a special screening in Southampton in aid of Children In Need next month.
Few sitcom characters are as enduring as Michael Crawford’s Frank Spencer. The bumbling, beret clad character entertained over twenty five million viewers at its peak, and was often impersonated by everyone from Mike Yarwood to Ricky Gervais as David Brent.
Written by Raymond Allen, the show followed the calamitous, chaotic life of Frank and his long suffering wife Betty, played by Michelle Dotrice. Crawford became well known for performing his own spectacular stunts, many of which were astonishingly dangerous by today’s standards. Some of his more iconic scenes include roller skating through the streets and under a lorry, hanging off the back of a car over a Dorset cliff, falling down a flight of stairs in a wardrobe, very nearly setting fire to himself whilst covered in fireworks and smashing through a church roof during a Nativity play.
BBC Radio Solent has teamed up with Children in Need to put on a special screening of favourite moments and previously unseen material from the archive.
The official description of the event reads as follows:
Some of Frank Spencer’s greatest mishaps have been located in the depths of the BBC vaults and have been scanned from the original camera negatives. Having undergone an extensive restoration process, they will be proudly presented here in stunning high definition for the first time. The evening also includes previously unseen footage and some very special guests.
Tickets cost just £10, with £8.33 going to the charity.
It takes place on the 12th November at the Harbour Lights Cinema in Southampton. You can book tickets here.
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