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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:00 pm    Post subject: Fans of Dad's Army.... Reply with quote

....might enjoy this play by Roy Smiles that was on Radio 4 yesterday.

Dear Arthur,Love John.

It's often assumed that it was Dad's Army that made John Le Mesurier and Arthur Lowe well known. This is not so. Arthur Lowe had come to national attention, after a long apprenticeship in theatre, as the uptight church warden Mr Swindley in Coronation Street. John had made many films and found success as the diffident Colonel in the popular sitcom George And The Dragon. But it was Dad's Army, late in their lives, that brought them fame, fortune and the oddest of friendships.

In 1982 John writes to Arthur to say how much he misses him and, as he does, we flashback to Dad's Army.........


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01h6463
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Angela W



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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listened to this yesterday and it was very good. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listened to it the programme this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was interesting to hear the interaction between the actors in Dad's Army. I also watched the TV programme about John Le Mesurier the other week. Mmmm..... I thought he came across as charming but rather strange.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made a point of listening to it too. I thought it was absolutely charming and well written and acted. I knew instantly who all the characters were.

Dare I mention just one criticism of the script? When John was talking about abandoning his car (under Hammersmith Flyover Smile) he said: "I got fed up of it". John Le Mes would never have said that!
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How right you are Eileen.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

essexlady wrote:
I listened to it the programme this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was interesting to hear the interaction between the actors in Dad's Army. I also watched the TV programme about John Le Mesurier the other week. Mmmm..... I thought he came across as charming but rather strange.

I think some of his 'strangeness' can be put down his parents,essexlady, from what we heard on the TV programme...Philip Larkin wrote of such parents....Shocked .
Was definitely in his own world most of the time......but lovely all the same...
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, that sounds like me too.... I'm in my own world for most of the time and a little strange too - in a nice way of course.. Razz
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Blimey, that sounds like me too.... I'm in my own world for most of the time and a little strange too - in a nice way of course.. Razz

Of course.. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week, I was horrified to see a family of Ducklings waddling along the fast lane of a dual carriage way here.. they couldn't get off the road as the centre is a concrete wall as is the nearside. There was no going back for them... poor little blighters.

A call to the local Police proved a waste of time so, me being me.. Rolling Eyes I "escorted" the family in my old truck for 2 miles in the fast lane with the hazards on! crawling speed of course.
Once the mother Duck spotted the nearside was grass, she started to waddle across both lanes with me now straddling both lanes..
Strange behaviour to some... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely story,Santa.....you patron saint of lost ducklings,you... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Santa you must be a lovely person Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed well, I try my best.. Laughing

I do feel very strongly about animals and their well being. I've developed a terrific respect for wild creatures just trying to survive... with no help from anybody.
This is the second time I've seen a family of Ducks stranded on this stretch of road and it breaks my heart Sad
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
This is the second time I've seen a family of Ducks stranded on this stretch of road and it breaks my heart Sad


I've seen the same scene several times recently, too. Last weekend, while we were in Hunstanton (West Norfolk), we stopped to let three ducks waddle across a pedestrian crossing in the high street after a torrential downpour.
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