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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (BBC-1 1973-1978, Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice)

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Shine A Light to Sometime Never

In Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Frank Spencer is well-meaning, naïve and enthusiastic. Unfortunately, he’s also incompetent and disaster prone – if he doesn’t create an accident, then the accident just seems to search him out! Frank’s long-suffering and ever-understanding wife Betty tries to protect Frank from himself and daughter Jessica from him.

This highly visual comedy centres on the normal situations of life and the extreme catastrophes that arise from the slightest misjudgements – and poor Frank is the master of misjudgement. In fact, Frank is the ultimate incompetent, a universal and timeless figure who portrays the mishaps that everyone believes might just happen to them.

Crawford was famous for performing his own stunts on the show of which their many the best one probably when he almost succeeds in driving the family car off of a cliff whilst on a picnic.

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UK / BBC One / 19×30 minute episodes 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 February 1973 – 25 December 1978 3 Seasons + 3 specials

Writers: Raymond Allen / Producers: Michael Mills, Sydney Lotterby

cast
Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer
Michele Dotrice as Betty Spencer
Glynn Edwards as Mr Lewis (1978)

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