Monday, 9 February 2015
85 Pardon My Genie
First watched : 1972
I knew there was something I watched early on that had Roy Barraclough in the cast and this was it. He played a fussy ironmonger Mr Cobbledick whose put-upon assistant Hal Adden ( Ellis Jones ) discovers a genie ( Hugh Paddick in the first series, Arthur White in the second ) in an old watering can and seeks his help in various comic situations. I thought it was quite funny at the time ; perhaps it wouldn't seem so now.
The series was written by Bob Block who went on to the more celebrated Rentaghost . Star Ellis Jones acted regularly on TV up to the end of the eighties then moved into directing and training young actors. He is currently a lecturer in theatre studies at New York University.