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The Last of the Baskets: It’s A Living (S1EP2 ITV Mon 3 Jan 1972, Roy Barraclough)



In season two opener It’s A Living Clifford Basket aka The Earl of Clogborough has to appoint a new vicar to the parish of Little Clogborough-in-the-Marsh but there are a lot of candidates to choose from. The £2000 a year stipend is clearly a motivating factor, not least for faithful retainer Bodkin!

Amongst the vicars vying for the position are Roy Barraclough who had began his career in the mid-sixties and was all over TV around the time of this episode, in 1972 alone he appeared in Man at the Top, Love Story, Mike and Bernie, Public Eye and this one of course. He also had a regular role in children’s fantasy sitcom Pardon My Genie. He is best known for his long running side-kick to Les Dawson role in his various TV series as well for his long running role as Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 3 January 1972 at 8.30pm

Series: The Last of the Baskets Season 2 Episode 1

Writer: John Stevenson / Production Design: Eric Deakins / Director: Bill Podmore

Arthur Lowe as Bodkin
Ken Jones as Clifford Basket
Patricia Hayes as Mrs Basket
Norman Scace as The Rev. Pilkington-Smythe
Anthony Sharp as The Bishop of Woolchester
Roy Barraclough as The Rev. Henry Smock
Julian Fox as The Rev. Ernest Benson