Sunday, 4 June 2017
701 Charters and Caldicott
First viewed : February 1985
Again, I only saw a small portion of this comic drama serial at the beginning of 1985. The original Charters and Caldicott were two cricket-loving obsessives used as comic relief in the 1938 Hitchcock film The Lady Vanishes. They were so popular they appeared in other films and on radio until one of the actors died in 1952. Keith Waterhouse decided to revive them and place them as old men in the eighties played by Robin Bailey and Michael Aldridge. Bailey of course had form playing a cricket bore in Tales from the Long Room which was revived - with Bailey- on Channel 4 immediately after this series finished.
The plot was actually a murder mystery. A dead girl is found in Caldicott's flat and the two old buffers decide to investigate the crime without of course missing an over, much to the exasperation of the police.
They have not been revived since.