Monday, 8 June 2015
159 Bonny !
First watched : Monday 4th March 1974
It was somehow typical of the BBC to replace the serious-minded Carrie's War with this Scotch silliness produced and sometimes co-written by Paul Ciani.
Bonny was prim postmistress Flora Havers ( played by Una McLean ) who has a crimefighting alter ego Captain Bonny whose fame she then exploits. All I really remember about it is that she had a voice like chalk screeching down a blackboard and it was all rather manic.
Apart from the synopses on Genome there's absolutely nothing to be found on the series. It doesn't have an entry on IMDB or a wikipedia page. The most intriguing thing I can glean is that the second episode featured a guest appearance from Kevin Keegan who was rapidly eclipsing Best as football's pin-up boy but shouldn't it have been someone from Scotland ? A certain Mr Dalglish perhaps ?
The initial run was four episodes long in March in 1974 .It returned for six more that August then was never seen again. Una McLean is still working in radio at 85 with a long history of pantomime and character parts behind her. She was married to Callan's Russell Hunter from 1991 until his death in 2004 and received an MBE in 2006.