Friday 25 November 2022

The Flumps / Girls On Top

Ever keen to provide wholesome cultural repasts for the dark winter nights, The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour reaches into its televisual trove of years past and pulls out a couple of absolute bangers to fill that entertainment hinterland betwixt Hallow'een and Christmas...

First up is is warmest, sweetest hug one can get from a programme as Doctor Velvet and Blackout venture oop-North with some magnets to hang out with The Flumps. And to offset this excursion into unparalleled goodness, they jaunt back dah'n Sah'hf to mid 1980s London, as brash cynicism and sitcom-subversion are the order of the day with the Girls On Top.

What, exactly, is causing the laws of physics to routinely misbehave around the metal objects of Flump Towers? What, precisely, is causing the four headline stars of a prime-time sitcom to routinely speak over each others' lines in Oak Park Gardens? And what, for the love of all that is holy, have Alan Rickman's hairdresser and accent-coach been inhaling?

The answers are but one exquisitely animated - if thoroughly un-rehearsed - click away...


The Flumps
Broadcast: Monday 28 February 1977, 13:45
Production/Channel: BBC One
Writer: Julie Holder
Music: Paul Reade, George Chisholm
Producer: David Yates
Starring: Gay Soper

Girls On Top
Broadcast: Tuesday 23 October 1985, 20:30
Production/Channel: Witzend Productions, ITV
Writer: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Tracey Ullman
Music: Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook
Producer/Director: Trevor Walton / Paul Jackson
Starring: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Tracey Ullman, Joan Greenwood, Helen Lederer, Helen Atkinson Wood, Alan Rickman

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