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Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol (2005)

They were the glamour girls on James Bond's arm, the vestal virgins in Up Pompeii, and the girls-next-door in Man About The House. They were the vampire victims dispatched in the first reel... See full summary »


John Moulson


Julie Burchill (idea), Jane Garcia (idea)




Complete credited cast:
Tony Livesey Tony Livesey ... Himself - Presenter
Austin Little Austin Little ... Young Tony
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robin Askwith ... Himself
Alexandra Bastedo ... Herself
Honor Blackman ... Herself
Carol Cleveland ... Herself
Lynsey de Paul Lynsey de Paul ... Herself
Diana Dors ... Herself (archive footage)
Shirley Eaton ... Herself
Julie Ege ... Herself
Germaine Greer Germaine Greer ... Herself (as Dr. Germaine Greer)
Dylan Jones Dylan Jones ... Himself
Valerie Leon ... Herself
Jeremy Lloyd ... Himself
Barbara Lord Barbara Lord ... Herself (as Babs)


They were the glamour girls on James Bond's arm, the vestal virgins in Up Pompeii, and the girls-next-door in Man About The House. They were the vampire victims dispatched in the first reel of Hammer Horrors. And they were the Carry On dolly birds, guaranteed to elicit a 'Phwooar' from Sid James. They were Crumpet! And this is their story. Tony Livesey sets out to rescue Crumpet from the condescension of history. Recalling his own childhood, growing up in front of the TV in a Burnley terrace, Tony takes us on a trip through three decades of popular culture. How did our thirty year fascination with Crumpet come about - and why did it end? What does it say about the unique British sense of humour - and about our changing attitude to sex? With contributions from Honor Blackman, Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Hill's Angel Sue Upton, Leslie Philips and Wendy Richards, and with cultural commentators like Dylan Jones, Germaine Greer and Ned Sherrin, Tony gets to the bottom of this uniquely ... Written by Anonymous

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28 December 2005 (UK) See more »

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Fabulous travel down nostalgia way!!!
17 July 2008 | by niels-4See all my reviews

When I read the other review of this program, I think to myself, how terrible sad that some people write reviews based on being narrow minded. This TV program is great fun for anyone who appreciates the many comedy films produced in Great Britain during the late 1950's through the 1970's. Here you meet many of the sex symbols that graced the silver screen from the greatly loved Carry On films and Hammer Film Studioes Horror films. Many of these films are considered classics and loved by millions of people all over the world. It is wonderful to see these glamorous actresses that once played both minor and leading roles.Many remembered because they were beautiful, talented and knew how to have fun with the comic talents they were set against. I think many fans of these films have wondered what happen to names like Valiere Leon, Julie Ege, Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and many others. Here they are, with a sense of humor, looking back on their career with insight and fun. Tony Livesei does a great job as a presenter and brought us back to an era when the sex comedies of British Cinema had their popularity. There was a few times I wished he allowed more time for his interviews, especially with Julie Ege. Her film career was definitely so much more then UP POMPEII. Also missed Martine Beswick who would have added much style to the program, what a lady.Anyone who regards this era of film comedies will have fun,once more seeing again many of the actors and actresses that made these films memorable. A treasure for sure,ENJOY :-))

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