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Old 17th Jan 2020, 11:30
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RIP Bernard Woolley

Derek Fowlds, last of the trio of actors whose excellent acting worked so perfectly with the "Yes Minister" scripts, probably my favourite comedy series.


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Old 17th Jan 2020, 12:13
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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 06:47
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Ah that's sad. I must be older than I think.
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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 10:46
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Once also known as Basil Brush's straightman.

Yes Minister still delights me, and is regular listening on long journeys. The original book was "taken from the diaries of Sir Bernard Wooley rtd"

He was the perfect foil to the Jim Hacker/Humphrey Appleby combination.Hacker: When did a civil servant last refuse an honour?
Bernard:Well I think there was somebody in the Treasury that refused a knighthood.
Hacker: When?
Bernard: I think it was 1496.
Hacker: Why?
Bernard: He had already got one.

From: Doing The Honours

RIP You made me laugh a lot

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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 11:38
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If ever there was a series that would be ripe for a return to our screens, and it doesn't matter what your political hue is, it would be "Yes Minister." ......however, there was more to him than just one character. He was pretty good in the original "Heartbeat " as the Sgt as well.
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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 19:11
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The names of many of the cast of great 1970's series like "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" can be seen in the credits of the 1950's series of "Robin Hood" playing bit parts.

I spend several years in Canberra, interacting with Public "Servants" and therefore know that "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" are documentaries and not comedies.

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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 23:35
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Nice to agree with K & C once in a while. As a daytime TV watching pensioner (we're not all out running half marathons and riding Harley Davidsons), Heartbeat is one of my guilty secrets, which I enjoy for the cars and the 60's pop music as well as the plotlines. Derek Fowlds as the station sergeant and later the landlord of the pub was excellent.
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Old 23rd Jan 2020, 23:36
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My memory of him apart from seeing him on TV was as was an extra on a film. I played a policeman in Dublin. I got the full uniform and a helmet. His name was enscribed in the helmet. Presumably from some previous movie /TV. Same size as me it seems.

I'm nowhere close to him as actor. Sad to see him go

Wonder if that helmet is still extant.

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Old 24th Jan 2020, 06:57
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My favourite Bernard moment:Hacker: Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers: the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?
Bernard: Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits.
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