Who Needs Kichener?

30 November 1975
ATV Networks Production

Screenplay: Lew Schwarz
Executive Producer: Peter Rogers
Producer: Gerald Thomas
Director: Alan Tarrant

Sir Harry...Sid James
Lottie...Barbara Windsor
Mrs Breeches...Joan Sims
Clodson...Jack Douglas
Klanger...Bernard Bresslaw

Willie...Andrew Ray
Virginia...Sherrie Hewson
Lilly...Carol Hawkins
Teeny...Vivienne Johnson
Newsboy...Brian Osborne

(Included on Carry On Behind DVD)

The Story

The First World War is looming...in the house of Sir Harry, the family and staff are making plans for the war. Daddy is posted to the effort as General of the Bootlaces. Meanwhile, Virginia and Tina, the maid are off on a suffragette march. As the house prepares itself for war, Otto Klanger, the new footman joins the staff - but is he all he seems? After all, he does have a rather strange accent...




You'd be forgiven for thinking that the team ran out of ideas at a very early stage.  Both this and "And in My Lady's Chamber" are parodies of the successful show "Upstairs, Downstairs". Both are desperately unfunny, too, I'm sorry to say. The plot centres around a new arrival to the household (Bernard Bresslaw playing Klanger) and the impact he has on Sir Harry's residence.