Some Mothers Still ‘Ave ‘Em
There are a number of shows that didn’t seem to get the recognition they deserved when they first came out. Many people put Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in that bracket. It’s hard to believe that it’s really 30 years since this classic show was taken off air by the BBC.
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which starred Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jane Hylton and Bernard Hepton, ran from 1973 to 1978 and quickly attracted a significant audience in the situation comedy market. Michael Crawford and his screen wife Michele Dotrice starred in the saga of the accident prone life of Frank Spencer – a naive but endearing klutz who seemed to attract trouble wherever he went.
Luckily for fans of Spencer’s antics, UK Gold is re-running classic episodes. In this afternoon’s show, Frank visits a psychiatrist to help him with the ups and downs of his life – a last ditch attempt to put him on the straight and narrow. Without giving too much away, by the end of the show you can guess who will need the psychiatric help…
When viewing the show in an age of stunt men and special affects, it’s important to remember and appreciate that Michael Crawford actually did all his own stunts. When you check out what he gets up to in a day, you’ll see that this is no mean feat.
The show is hilarious, the stunts are breathtaking, and it’s difficult to comprehend that this is the same Michael Crawford who actually went on to star in Phantom of the Opera and other great musicals. It’s perhaps only now, when the show is being broadcast to a new audience alongside original fans, that we may be able to appreciate how much entertainment the program brought us.