Rent Here's Harry (1965)

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Synopsis:
Harry Worth forged an award-winning stage and screen persona as a bumbling fusspot out of sync with a fast-changing society. After many years on the variety circuit, his first TV series, 'The Trouble with Harry' (1960), cast him as a would-be novelist failing to make any sense of the world around him. But his second show Here's Harry (1960-65), and a writing team led by Vince Powell and Harry Driver, went back to basics to cast an indelible mould and cement his popularity. In each episode Worth is pitted against figures of petty authority such as customs officers, railway staff, doctors, lawyers or policemen, who are increasingly exasperated by his unfathomable babbling.
His amiable but bewildered persona paved the way for the equally hapless Frank Spencer, and an altogether angrier Victor Meldrew. Of 60 episodes broadcast, only ten from 1961 have been recovered from the BBC archives, with story lines ranging from comical attempts to book a holiday, celebrate a birthday or arrange an overdraft, to the accidental theft of a policeman's bicycle. The supporting cast includes character actors and sitcom stalwarts Gerald Anderson, Deryck Guyler, Reginald Marsh, Vi Stevens, Pat Wallworth, Leonard Williams and Jack Woolgar. Gentle, genial comedy gold from the original meddlesome muddler.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
John Ammonds, John Street
Writers:
Vince Powell, Frank Roscoe, Harry Driver, Ronnie Taylor, Eddie Maguire, Dave Freeman
Aka:
Here's Harry: The Complete Surviving Episodes
Studio:
Simply Media
Genres:
British TV, TV Classics, TV Comedies, TV Sitcoms
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/09/2017
Run Time:
300 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Bicycle
2. The Holiday
3. The Request
4. The Medals
5. The Voice
6. The Dance
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. The Plant
8. The Birthday
9. The Overdraft
10. The Last Train
11. The Musician

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Reviews (1) of Here's Harry

B&W BBC sitcom, 60 episodes, 1960-65 - Here's Harry review by AW

Spoiler Alert
27/08/2021

The titular 'hero' Harry is a bumbler, moving through every episode in a cleverly scripted haze of incomprehension, miscomprehension, innuendo, and tunnel vision. He gets people so wound up with his word salad of literal interpretation they want to crown him, and I don't blame them; It started out slowly in the 1st episode, his brand of humour took a bit of getting used to (and technically the CP disc here was from episodes from Season 2 - dunno quote what goes on with these compilations) but the following episodes got much funnier.

My warning though: Don't get more than one disc at a time, I feel sure this type of humour might start to grate. Perhaps I'll see more discs with strictly limiting spacing.

Also a lot of regulars appear as new characters in subsequent episodes, Sydney Tafler, Jack Woolgar, Anthony Sharp, Leonard Williams, Les Clark, Sam Kydd, even Ballard Berkeley (the dotty Major in Fawlty Towers)!

Episodes contained on Disc 1 were

The Bicycle, The Holiday, The Request, The Medals, The Voice, The Dance.

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