The Nine Old Cobblers

8 February 1975
ATV Networks Production

Screenplay: Dave Freeman
Executive Producer: Peter Rogers
Producer: Gerald Thomas
Director: Alan Tarrant

Lord Peter Flimsy...Jack Douglas
Amelia Forbus...Joan Sims
Punter...Kenneth Connor
Inspector Bungler...David Lodge

Vicar...John Carlin
Charlie...Victor Maddern
Miss Dawkins...Patsy Rowlands
Maisie...Barbara Windsor

(Included on Carry On up the Jungle DVD)

The Story

There's just one day to go until the variety show in the village hall - and the act's simply aren't ready. Things couldn't get any worse, until the vicar discovers the body of Mr Longhammer, dead behind the curtain. There's only one in master detective, Lord Peter Flimsey.




This is one of three episodes (The Case of the Screaming Winkles and the Case of the Coughing Parrot) that are based on the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries of the 1920's. Freeman uses every detective gem possible, from Sherlock Holmes mists to Agatha Christie tea parties, and it works quite well. Barbara Windsor has a supporting role as a landlady who giggles and bounces her way through the piece. Kenneth Connor's butler to Jack Douglas's Lord Peter works some very nice comic routines, bouncing jokes of each other and play on words.

Robert Ross