Category - Movies & TV

Rosalind Knight Dies, Aged 87

Rosalind Knight in Carry OnNot necessarily a name on everyone’s lips, but Rosalind Knight – whom I remember from school holidays watching St Trinians and the old Carry On films – has died at the age of 87 (I have all the Carry On films on DVD).

She played parts in a lot of 50s and 60s British films, and she was Bella Cresswell in the Only Fools And Horses Episode ‘The Jolly Boys Outing’.

RIP, Rosalind. And thanks for the memories.

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JML Flippity Fish

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you get the Flippity Fish cat toy from JML. I just saw it advertised on TV, and I laughed out loud.

Actually, it looks like great fun, and I bet cats will love it, too.

Incidentally, it looks like JML have got into something which has been available for a while – you can buy these fish on Amazon, and some of them look very similar. There’s also a lot of other cat toys which have movement.

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Mind you, we had a cat once, called Mitzi. The vet could make her swallow a tablet voluntarily when she was on his treatment table. Whenever I tried it I needed a blood transfusion after. She’d have torn this apart in five seconds flat if it annoyed her.

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I’m Not All Right Jack

Sellers and Carmichael in I'm All Right JackJust when you think you’ve seen it all!

I noticed on SkyQ earlier that Talking Pictures is showing the classic comedy ‘I’m All Right Jack’. I’m watching it right now.

For anyone who doesn’t know, it was made in 1959. Yes, over sixty years ago. It tells the story of Stanley Windrush (played by Ian Carmichael), who as a new graduate is unable to get into a management position, so ends up in an unskilled role. He is eager to do a good job, and immediately falls foul of the union shop steward, Fred Kite (Peter Sellers). The story revolves around this conflict. It is very funny, and considered as one of Sellers’ great films. It also features roles for Terry-Thomas, Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price, Margaret Rutherford, Irene Handl, and John Le Mesurier.

The film opens in a nudist colony. This is a 1959 nudist colony in a 1959 film. When the film first launched – in 1959 – it was not censored. I’m not aware that it has been ever censored, and it certainly wasn’t when I used to watch it during school holidays and many times since.

But today, Talking Pictures had – for reasons best known to themselves – blurred out elements of the opening scenes!

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