All Gas & Gaiters
All 11 surviving episodes 2-DVD set.
Optional Subtitles. 2 discs. Colour and Black & White. 11 Episodes.
Running Time: approx 330 mins.
Cast: Derek Nimmo, Robertson Hare, William Mervyn, John Barron and Joan Sanderson.
Episodes: The Bishop Rides Again; The Bishop Gets The Sack; The Bishop Sees A Ghost; The Bishop Loves His Neighbour; The Bishop Heats The System; The Bishop Warms Up; The Bishop Entertains; The Bishop Gives A Present; The Bishop Shows His Loyalty; The Bishop Has A Rest; The Bishop Loses His Chaplain.
Between 1966 and 1971 the ecclesiastical rivalries at St. Oggs Cathedral enchanted a generationof viewers. Now, for the first time all eleven surviving episodes of this classic comedy series are available in this special DVD collection.
All Gas and Gaiters was a huge hit for the BBC, watched by over ten million viewers every week. This digitally remastered DVD release includes all eleven surviving episodes of the thirty-three episodes, including the critically acclaimed Comedy Playhouse pilot, The Bishop Rides Again, first broadcast on 17 May 1966; the first episode of the series proper, The Bishop Gets the Sack, featuring John Le Mesurier; and the first series episode, The Bishop Sees
a Ghost, featuring Patrick Newell, which, together with the pilot, was recovered in 2001. Derek Nimmo went on to star in similar clerical roles: Oh, Brother!, Oh, Father! and Hell’s Bells, but this series is generally regarded as the best.
The series starred veteran farce actor Robertson Hare (Our Girl Friday, He Snoops to Conquer) as the sherry-tippling Archdeacon Henry; William Mervyn (Tottering Towers, The Railway Children) as the bombastic bishop wedded to his comforts; Derek Nimmo (Just a Minute, Oh Brother!, Hell’s Bells) in the role that made him a star as the Bishop’s twittish chaplain, Noote; and John Barron “I didn’t get where I am today…” (CJ in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Whoops Apocalypse, Timeslip) as the rule-bound dean. The plot follows the Bishop’s attempts to lead an easy life, an idea which is alien to the Dean. Involving the Archdeacon and his Chaplain in his schemes, the Bishop always opposes the Dean and tries to undermine him.
Producers: Stuart Allen, Robin Nash and John Howard Davies.
Writers: Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps.
“…in the middle 1960s there were no rules left to break, so the Church was in every sense a godsend!”