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I need to watch an episode of the original series to see how it compares. I've seen the Bless This House, Man About The House, Steptoe and Son films and all are inferior to the TV series so I thought I was on pretty safe ground suggesting that the same would be true for Father Dear Father.
Yes, I'd say that's true. I'm not familar with Steptoe (TV or film, though I'm planning to change that soon), but you're certainly right about the others (though I think they have a certain charm).
However, the first On The Buses film was quite good.
Again, I'm not too au fait with On The Buses on big or small screen, though I've seen bits and pieces of the series and some of at least one of the films (I specifically remember a safari park scene with a big cat wandering onto the bus). I have heard others say this about the films though.
I hadn't realised you previously commented on the film.
Oh, it was over in the sitcom thread. I watched the film after watching the entire series which probably didn't help as it reinforces the kind of karaoke/greatest hits thing that sitcom film spinoffs usually have.
You are correct about the omnipresence of Richard O'Sullivan on TV during that era.
He's one of the reasons why my favourite episode of Whodunnit? is my favourite (along with another panellist who I know you're not a huge fan of):
I especially love his reaction to Jan Harvey's ad libbed "taty oggy" recipe at around 32 mins (this was an episode in which the cast had been poisoned and had all keeled over one by one as they were questioned by the panel). He seems like he enjoys a bit of a giggle.