Post by Lord Emsworth on Jan 13, 2020 15:14:18 GMT
Any other Budgie fans in the forum?
I was quite suprised not to be able to find a thread but I'm confident there isn't one
From August 1970-June 1971, chart singer Adam Faith filmed a comedy drama as petty thief Ronald "Budgie" Bird. The series also starred Iain Cuthbertson as his criminal associate Charlie Endell, and Lynn Dalby as his girlfriend Hazel.
Budgie returned to television from April-July 1972 for a further thirteen episodes. Adam Faith being in a near-fatal car accident is often cited as the reason why the series was discontinued, but in his 1996 autobiography Acts of Faith it's strongly implied that the series had run its course and he was going to continue his acting career elsewhere.
I've just got the DVD containing all 26 episodes of the 1970s drama starring Adam Faith as petty crook Ron 'Budgie' Bird who constantly finds himself embroiled in petty scams and get rich quick schemes - none of which seem to end in success, and all of which seem to get Budgie in trouble with the police, and with his dodgy underworld boss, Charlie Endell (Iain Cuthbertson).
Episodes are: 'Out'; 'Some Mother's Son'; 'Brains'; 'Grandee Hotel'; 'In Deep'; 'Could Do Better'; 'Best Mates'; 'Everybody Loves a Baby'; 'A Pair of Charlies'; 'Fiddler on the Hoof (Part 1)'; 'Fiddler on the Hoof (Part 2)'; 'Sunset Mansions, Or, Whatever Happened to Janey Babe?'; 'And In Again'; 'Dreaming of Thee'; 'And the Lord Taketh Away'; 'Louie the Ring is Dead and Buried in Kensal Green Cemetery'; 'The Jump-Up Boys'; 'Our Story So Far'; 'Do Me a Favour'; 'Glory of Fulham'; '24,000 Ball Point Pens'; 'King For a Day'; 'The Outside Man'; 'The Man Outside'; 'Brief Encounter'; and 'Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run'.
This review on Amazon makes me hopefully that the series will still stand up (I haven't watched since I was a child of about 10)....
This is a genuine classic despite, as has been said in other reviews the inevitable couple of duff episodes. I wasn't in the UK for series one but enjoyed series two on its initial broadcast and, frankly, was expecting, as they say in Dr Who circles, the memory to cheat. Well it didn't and I'd recommend the series wholeheartedly.
I won't bother going into any synopses -others have done that- but I was astonished at the huge range of acting talent involved. Aside from producer Verity Lambert (Dr Who being the highlight of her stellar career), the list includes Gordon Jackson, John Thaw, Anthony Valentine, Peter Sallis, James Bolam, the psychotically brilliant Georgina Hale, Derek Jacobi, Margaret Nolan and Anouska Hemple (in the same episode) and John Rhys-Davis as the brilliantly-monikered Laughing Spam Fritter.
As for Iain Cuthbertson -in my humble opinion Charlie Endell is one of the great villains of all time up there with Bill Sykes and Ernst Blofeld. The only real downside to this box set is the shockingly bad quality of the prints -both sound and vision. Why oh why do we allow so much great TV and film to deteriorate to this level? Take a note Network -if your going to release classic series (and long may you do so) a little bit of restorative investment wouldn't go amiss -though the extras were most insightful and welcome.