Absent Friends

Tony Hawks explores characters whom we know and love, but who never actually appear.

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Bosses And Bossy Boots20060612 (R4)

Tony Hawks presents this series exploring characters we know and love, but who never actually appear.

3/4. Bosses and Bossy Boots

Featuring characters from Hi-De-Hi!, The Good Life, The Navy Lark and the absurd Stradivarius-voiced Matron from Wrinkles.

Children And Animals20070730

Series exploring characters well known on TV and radio, but who never actually appear.

1/3. Children and Animals

Kids and pets are frequently talked about, but seldom make an appearance.

0101Housewives And Honeys2005051720060604

1/4. Housewives and Honeys

Tony Hawks explores characters whom we know and love, but who never actually appear.

Today we look at the formidable Elizabeth Mainwaring from Dad's Army; Ma Glum from The Glums in Take It From Here; and, from Porridge, Mrs Barrowclough and Denise, Godber's fiancé.

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Today we look at the formidable Elizabeth Mainwaring from Dad's Army; Ma Glum from The Glums in Take It From Here; and, from Porridge, Mrs Barrowclough and Denise, Godber's fianc退.

Today we look at the formidable Elizabeth Mainwaring from Dad's Army; Ma Glum from The Glums in Take It From Here; and, from Porridge, Mrs Barrowclough and Denise, Godber's fiancé.

Tony Hawks presents this series exploring characters we know and love, but who never actually appear. Today we look at the formidable Elizabeth Mainwaring from Dad's Army; Ma Glum from The Glums in Take It From Here; and, from Porridge, Mrs Barrowclough and Denise, Godber's fiancé.

0102Losers And Dead Losses2005052420060611

The ship's engineer in The Navy Lark was a perpetual loser, always dashing out with digestive problems, whose plight was described by Ronnie Barker.

Other losers include Ozzie Higginbottom (Clitheroe Kid) and Edna Everage's invalid husband Norm.

Norm was later killed off, which leads us to characters who, although long dead, continue to leave their mark, such as Albert's wife (Steptoe and Son), Henry (After Henry) and Granville's mum (Open All Hours).

Tony Hawks presents this series exploring characters we know and love, but who never actually appear.

2/4. Losers and Dead Losses

We look at The Lad, from The Navy Lark, Lieutenant Queeg's right-hand man with constant digestive troubles; Ozzie Higginbottom, the boy always getting Jimmy Clitheroe into trouble; and Granville's mum from Open All Hours.

0103Bosses And Bossy Boots2005053120060618

Tony Hawks explores TV and radio characters whom we know and love, but who never actually appear.

3/4. Bosses and Bossy Boots

No-one would dare mess with holiday camp boss Joe Maplin, whose blunt no-nonsense bulletins were read to staff by Jeffrey Fairbrother in Hi-de - Hi! Similar ogres are Miss Cathcart (from the same show); Miss Mountshaft and Mrs Doombes-Patterson (The Good Life); the PM (Yes Minister) and the absurd Stradivarius-voiced Matron (Wrinkles). BBC bosses are also portrayed in less than flattering terms by comics such as Ronnie Corbett and Frankie Howerd.

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No-one would dare mess with holiday camp boss Joe Maplin, whose blunt no-nonsense bulletins were read to staff by Jeffrey Fairbrother in Hi-de - Hi! Similar ogres are Miss Cathcart (from the same show); Miss Mountshaft and Mrs Doombes-Patterson (The Good Life); the PM (Yes Minister) and the absurd Stradivarius-voiced Matron (Wrinkles).

BBC bosses are also portrayed in less than flattering terms by comics such as Ronnie Corbett and Frankie Howerd

0104 LASTScribes, Scribblers And Telephone Callers2005060720060625

4/4. Scribes, Scribblers and Telephone Callers

Tony Hawks investigates the letters and telephone conversations from absentee characters, including Shelly Berman and Bob Newhart, Jack Warner and Bunty Hoven and the most prolific letter writer of all, Mrs Trellis from I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

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0201Children And Animals2007030620070730

An exploration of characters we know and love on TV or radio, but who never actually appear.

1/3. Children and Animals

Never work with children and animals is the acting profession's golden rule. Maybe that's why kids and pets are frequently talked about, but seldom make an appearance. That and child employment legislation, and the notorious unpredictability of real live animals - remember the elephant on Blue Peter?

Never work with children and animals is the acting profession's golden rule.

Maybe that's why kids and pets are frequently talked about, but seldom make an appearance.

That and child employment legislation, and the notorious unpredictability of real live animals - remember the elephant on Blue Peter?

0202In A World Of Their Own2007031320070806

An exploration of characters we know and love on TV or radio, but who never actually appear.

2/3. In a World of Their Own

An examination of solo performers who succeed in conjuring up a whole family, community or world of often wildly eccentric characters: Dame Edna Everage, with her family tales of husband Norm, daughter Valmai and sons Bruce and Kenneth, Lily Savage's various kith and kin; Cissie and Ada (aka Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough) gossiped endlessly about friends and acquaintances; Larry Grayson with Apricot Lil, Slack Alice and postman Pop-It-In Pete; and early radio comic Gillie Potter who dryly informed us of the goings-on in the village of Hogsnorton and its squire Lord Marshmallow.

A look at solo performers who succeed in conjuring up a whole family, community or world of often wildly eccentric characters. Featured comics include Barry Humphries, Les Dawson, Roy Barraclough, Larry Grayson and early radio comic Gillie Potter.

0203 LASTOdd People, Odd Places2007032020070813

Tony Hawks presents an exploration of characters we know and love on TV or radio, but who never actually appear.

3/3. Odd People, Odd Places

Including ITMA's Peter Geekie, Much-Binding-In-The-Marsh's Charlie Farnsbarns, the many physical abnormalities of Father Bigley (Father Ted) and Del Boy's shady contacts Monkey Harris and Tommy Razzle (Only Fools and Horses).

Finally, there's Grace Brothers' rival store Lally and Willett's, and Copthorne Avenue, the address that Peter Jones and Peter Ustinov never quite managed to track down in their radio series In All Directions.

Featuring ITMA's Peter Geekie, Much-Binding-In-The-Marsh's Charlie Farnsbarns, Del Boy's shady contacts Monkey Harris and Tommy Razzle, Grace Brothers' rival store Lally and Willett's, and Copthorne Avenue, the address that Peter Jones and Peter Ustinov never quite managed to track down in their radio series In All Directions.