All Gas and Gaiters (BBC-1 1967-1971 with Derek Nimmo and William Mervyn)

UK / BBC One / 32×30 minute episodes / 1967-71 Five seasons, seasons 1-2 in black and white

Writers: Edwin Apps, Pauline Devaney / Producers: Stuart Allen, John Howard Davies

Fun and games in the cloisters of a cathedral. Gently poking fun at the clergy (one of the first comedies to do so), All Gas and Gaiters centred on the farcical team at St Ogg’s Cathedral/ namely its bishop, archdeacon and, particularly, its bumbling, ultra-sincere, plummy chaplain, Revd Mervyn Noote.

Their adversary was the rather sober Dean. Nimmo later took his dithery clerical creation on to Oh Brother and its sequel, Oh Father, playing Brother/Father Dominic.

All Gas and Gaiters began life as a COMEDY PLAYHOUSE presentation in 1966, with the subsequent five series scripted by husband and wife writers Edwin Apps and Pauline Devaney.

DEREK NIMMO as Rev Mervyn Noote
ROBERTSON HARE as Archdeacon
ERNEST CLARK as Dean (1)
JOHN BARRON as Dean (2)
JOAN SANDERSON as Mrs Pugh Critchley

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