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Series cast summary:
Leslie Phillips ...  The Safecracker 7 episodes, 2001-2004
Julie Goodyear Julie Goodyear ...  Various Characters / ... 6 episodes, 2001-2004
Tony Osoba ...  Various Characters 6 episodes, 2004
Melvyn Hayes ...  Dave Davids / ... 5 episodes, 2004
John Inman ...  The Antiques Dealer 5 episodes, 2004
Nicholas Smith ...  Various Characters / ... 5 episodes, 2004
Gorden Kaye ...  The Farmer 4 episodes, 2001-2004
Clare Waugh Clare Waugh ...  Various 3 episodes, 2004
Lionel Blair ...  Various Characters 2 episodes, 2001-2004
Roy Barraclough ...  Various Characters 2 episodes, 2004
Honor Blackman ...  Mother 2 episodes, 2004
Ruth Madoc Ruth Madoc ...  Various Characters 2 episodes, 2004
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10 March 2001 (UK) See more »

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A bit of a shame, really
18 April 2004 | by chuffnobblerSee all my reviews

Some great ideas, but all somehow a bit lame in their execution. Julie Goodyear seeing bizarre things outside her house while she's doing the dusting: potentially very funny. Ms Goodyear gives a decent enough performance. It must have been the direction which failed, and showed a total lack of comic timing.

Honor Blackman raises a grin or two, as a selfish granny. Again, she's fine. The script is okay (but not very original, and not really pushing the cast to their fullest capabilities), and it really must be the director's fault that the whole thing falls flat.

Melvyn Hayes's sketches are very poor and, he seems an bit out-of-place. Gorden Kaye's sketches are a nice idea, but little more than that. Theoretically they're okay, but practically they're disappointing. John Inman and Nicholas Smith suffer just as badly.

Leslie Phillips only appears for a couple of moments here-and-there, and really shouldn't have bothered because he's not given anything to do.

This was trumpeted as seeing "old comedians doing up-to-date new comedy", and making these old faces trendy again. This seems a rather patronising approach, suggesting that employing these old-timers is an act of charity. The actors involved are 120% better than the material they are given here.

Revolver absolutely and completely fails, and is a huge disappointment. The BBC obviously feels the same, as they scheduled it for 11.30pm!


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