Saturday, 3 June 2017
700 Blott on the Landscape
First viewed : February 1985
I only caught snatches of this black comedy serial, largely because my curiosity was piqued by a nice Scouse girl at my hall of residence called Gaye McParlin ( now a director at professional services firm EY ) who was a big fan of Tom Sharpe on whose novel it was based. She was excited at it coming to the screen and was recommending it to us.
The story concerned an aristocratic woman Lady Maud ( Geraldine James ) whose treacherous husband Sir Giles ( George Cole ) wants to allow a motorway through her ancestral lands. His ally is mild-mannered bureaucrat Dundridge ( Simon Cadell ) while she can call on her dodgy East European gardener Blott ( David Suchet ) to help her thwart them.
I didn't like it much; the humour seemed cruel rather than funny ( although my wife disagrees ). The only part that sticks in my mind is George Cole strapped to a bed wearing only a leather pouch, not a pretty sight and staggering that, at the height of his fame in Minder , he agreed to do it.