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Nearest and Dearest

Stodge City is in the grip of the Rumpo Kid and his gang. Mistaken identity again takes a hand as a “sanitary engineer” (plumber) by the name of Marshal P. Knutt is mistaken for a law marshal! Being the conscientious sort, Marshal tries to help the town get rid of Rumpo, and a showdown is inevitable. Marshal has two aids – revenge-seeking Annie Oakley and his sanitary expertise.

Director: Gerald Thomas

Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Jim Dale

Carry on Girls (1973)

Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the. See full summary

Director: Gerald Thomas

Stars: Sidney James, Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims


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On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge’s Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert Taylor and Grenville. Transport is provided by Storm the cart horse. Never far away are second cousin Lily and her husband Walter. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes and young women. Written by lovenorwegians


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15 August 1968 (UK) See more

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30 min (45 episodes)

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In November 1969 Hylda Baker released a vocal version of Derek Hilton ‘s instrumental theme tune (Columbia DB 8644), backed by Geoff Love and his orchestra. See more


[ to Nellie Pledge – repeated line ]
Eli Pledge. You knock-kneed knackered old nose-bag!
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You Knock-Kneed, Knackered Old Nose-Bag!

Brother and sister Nellie and Eli Pledge are joint owners of Pledge s Purer Pickles , based in Colne, Lancashire. They are complete opposites

  • she is a spinster prone to malapropisms ( And what are you

incinerating? ). while he is fond of beer, betting and women. The workforce consists largely of smelly old men such as Stan and Grenville. Popping up every now and then are cousins Lily ( Coooo-eeeee! ) and Walter, the latter particularly looking as though he s died but doesn t know it. And before you ask, yes, he s been.

This popular Vince Powell and Harry Driver creation provided an excellent vehicle for Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel, who played a kind of Northern Odd Couple . Rumour has it they hated each other in real life. It hardly matters as their on-screen characters weren t fond of one another either. The show was a must for lovers of earthy Northern humour. Carry On star Peter Butterworth guested in the episode Now Is The Hour .

Favourite episode – The Ghost Of Picklers Past in which a skull is found in the pickle factory. Great seance scene! Second favourite episode – Cindernellie . You haven t lived until you ve seen Walter as the Fairy Godmother!

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