It Ain't Half Hot Mum
|SHUT UP YOU 'ORRIBLE LITTLE POOF!|
The series was a combination of Carry On style humour with Dad's Army, and just a touch of The Virgin Soldiers but targeted at a pre-watershed family audience. Like most classic British comedies of the period - sadly lost to time and PC - it was rammed with catchphrases.
It never achieved the same degree of affection the UK audience had for Dads Army but it did have its moments... including introducing ARRSERS to cross dressing. Starring Windsor Davies (RIP) as Battery Sergeant-Major Williams, Don Estell as an opera singing midget and Melvyn Hayes as the ever so camp Bombardier "Gloria" Beaumont.
Davies - now gone to the big parade square in the sky - played the bombastic and extremely loud Sergeant Major; he was the star of the show. Neither "bullying" nor "aggressive" in BBC PC parlance, his BSM Williams was hilariously ferocious. The infamous Welsh WO died in January 2019 but his catchphrases live on today in the British Army. Just about now, some poor crow is getting or is about to get a ferocious BSM Williams beasting...
- Oh Dear, How Sad, Never Mind!
- SHUUUUUUUUUT UUUUUUP!
- IF YOU DO NOT SHUT UP AND GET ON PARADE I WILL HAVE YOU POSTED UP THE JUNGLE .. err .. DESERT SO FAST YOUR FEET WILL NOT TOUCH THE GROUND!
- YOU IS A POOF WHAT IS YOU?
In the first four series ... in an not at all dodgy racist way ... a bearer Rangi Ram (a controversially blacked up Michael Bates) was the narrator to the audience. Rangi was an Indian native who spoke a pidgin English and proudly considers himself British to the point of calling all other Indians 'You Bloody Foreigners!'.
One reason that the show has hardly been repeated is that the show is a tad non-PC for the 21st century (no bad thing). However the thought of Sergeant-Major Williams calling all and sundry 'poofs', 'mincing gay boys' or threatening people with transfer up the jungle would make a guardianista spill his low fat skinny latte. Naturally, broadcasters won't show the series while they're still happy to make money off DVD sales. Hypocrisy, much?
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In the words of Sergeant Major Williams ... "Never before HAVE I SEEN SUCH A BLATANT DISPLAY OF POOFERY!" ... but not to be confused with 3 Para Mortar Platoon of course.
RIP Windsor Davies - (28 Aug 1930 – 17 Jan 2019).