Thursday, 7 January 2016
316 Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt
First viewed : Uncertain
I never watched this regularly, possibly just the once, though I realised it was very popular from all the "Magic !" quoting in the playground.
"Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt " was created by Roy Clarke but after the pilot in 1974 ( which was filmed very near to where I would come to live in Leeds ) he handed over to Alan Plater. Bill Maynard played the titular character , a spectacularly stupid but irrepressible council labourer with delusions of self-improvement. He manages to get on the committee of the local working men's club where he is tolerated for his willingness to do the donkey work though never very competently. The part I remember is him suggesting they organise " a disco ! - with records... and everything" to which his "mate" Clive ( professional Welshman Richard Davies ) replied with withering scorn " A disco with records ! That's original !"
The series ran for three seasons in 1976-77 and was tremendously popular. Yorkshire then unaccountably went for a major re-vamp ditching all the regular cast bar Selwyn himself. It was re-named "Selwyn " and sank like a stone, lasting only one season.