Saturday, May 10, 2008

High premium for geriatric comedy

Interesting story in The Times about the problems of insuring the elderly cast of Last of the Summer Wine. Frank Thornton - best known for playing the part of Captain Peacock in Are you being served?, when he was a sprightly fifty-something - now can't get cover for working outdoors. As a result, all his scenes are shot in a studio.

Surely the biggest risk with Last of the Summer Wine is the audience watching a whole series of the p**spoor sitcom without laughing?

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article3905028.ece

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