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Christmas Special 1984: The Loxley Lozenge


In which Wesley gets hot under the chassis…

Andrew: Before we begin, some context. From what we’ve been able to gather, The Loxley Lozenge started life as just another episode of Series Eight, before being picked out for broadcast over the Christmas period. Several online sources have suggested that the character of Crusher actually appeared in this episode upon first broadcast, only to be cut from subsequent repeats, as well as the UK DVD release. The only reason we could imagine this being done is that Crusher is actually introduced to the trio for the first time during Keeping Britain Tidy, the second episode of the eighth series.

The thing is, however, we haven’t been able to find much actual evidence of Crusher being snipped from this episode! For starters, there’s no logical place in the story where he might have been included. Then there’s the fact that he’s not listed during the closing credits. It would have been a lot of effort for the BBC to have excised his scene AND remade the credits from scratch by superimposing captions over the original film insert.

So, dear readers, what do you make of this conundrum? Ideally, the best way to settle this would be for some clever soul to come forward with an off-air VHS recording of the initial broadcast. Is there anybody out there? [UPDATE: SKIP TO THE END TO READ WHAT OUR READERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO UNCOVER]

Bob: I’d rather settle it in the boxing ring, like gentlemen. Who wants some? Actually, although I can’t provide a VHS from the original broadcast, I can provide some cast-iron proof that I actually watched it. Here’s my GENUINE DIARY ENTRY from Sunday 30th December 1984…

 

1984 Diary 30th December copy

 

So there you go! I was twelve years old and, after a day spent messing about on my brand new ZX Spectrum 48K computer, I watched two of the greatest pieces of fantasy drama ever committed to celluloid. Oh, and Star Wars. Ha! Ha! Only joking, amateur Jedi. But yes, I loved Summer Wine so much that I actually tore myself away from that infernal rubber keyboard and ‘hung around’ to watch The Loxley Lozenge on first broadcast. And – brace yourself – I was all excited because Loxley was, of course, the lost medieval village that the titular hero in Robin of Sherwood hails from. I’d spent much of 1984 utterly obsessed with this show, and went into the Summer Wine Christmas special half-expecting Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle and Nickolas Grace to come charging out of Wesley’s shed, firing arrows into the side of Mottishaw’s bakery.

Actually, if Summer Wine ever comes back, there’s your main trio right there! I’d watch. Providing I could tear myself away from the ZX Spectrum 48K emulator I’ve got installed on this laptop. Complete with Atic Atac. And I have Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz on DVD! And The Loxley Lozenge, obviously. Drew, come over sometime and we can recreate Sunday 30th December 1984! My parents can pop in too, and you can pretend to be my Gran. Is this getting creepy yet?

Andrew: I’ll only agree to this if your uncle Trevor swings by and your dad belts out some show tunes.

You’ve missed out one important detail in discussing this diary entry, you know. You hung around until Last of the Summer Wine began at 7:45, but you also wrote your diary entry at 7:45. Call yourself a fan?! You probably missed Ashley Jackson’s cameo.

Bob: Do you know what? I think my Radio Times scan (see below) actually explains this! The episode was broadcast at 7.15pm, so I clearly just wrote down the wrong time in my diary. And then wrote the entry as soon as it had finished. Although Big Deal was on straight afterwards, which explains why I raced through it. Big Deal is ace!

And yes, Ashley Jackson, the painter we see in these opening scenes, is a genuine working landscape artist from Holmfirth. You can find his work here…

Ashley Jackson’s Website

And I tell you what… his stuff is bloody gorgeous. I might have to buy Christmas on Littlecake for my landing. We should go and have a chat with him sometime!

Andrew: Preferably while he’s trying to get on with some painting, causing him to shoo us away. Actually, I’d love to meet with him just to ask what became of the in-progress paintings we see in this episode. Those would surely be the Holy Grails of Last of the Summer Wine collectables!

Bob: Gordon Wharmby is great, isn’t he? It’s a ‘big’ performance, but he somehow makes it feel completely real. He doesn’t play it solely for laughs, he absolutely understands the obsessiveness of men like Wesley, and gets that across perfectly.

Andrew: Wesley strikes me as one of those characters who is a perfect fusion of writer and actor. Wharmby feeds off Clarke’s wonderful words, but Clarke’s words are equally tailored to the actor’s inherent likability.

Bob: I like Foggy’s mission statement as well… ‘we’ll always listen to any legal proposition’. They are basically a geriatric version of The Goodies! They’ll take on anything, any time, anywhere.

Yikes! Scrub what I said about the Robin of Sherwood reboot. Summer Wine needs relaunching with THE GOODIES IN IT!!! This is TV gold in the making. Who do we write to? Why haven’t we got Roy Clarke on speed dial yet?

Andrew: Didn’t I send you a copy of the restraining order?

Bob: Clegg has a lovely flight-of-fancy monologue here about Hitler’s hitherto untold story as a young Ovaltiney! ‘They made him give his badge back’. Has the idea of Hitler as a ludicrous figure of fun now faded from memory? From the 1940s from the 1980s, he was a character that loomed large in British comedy – lampooned, sent up and pilloried mercilessly by everyone from Charlie Chaplin to The Goons to Basily Fawlty and even Freddie Starr. Was this British society slowly working the horrors of the Second World War out of its system? I wonder. It’s certainly hard to imagine Hitler being referenced in modern comedy… I guess he’s s slowly slipped from being a character within living memory to a distant historical figure. But I also wonder if the Nazis are seen as ‘off limits’ for comedy these days… as though the whole subject is now deemed too horrible to place AT ALL in a comedic context. But I’m not sure that’s the right approach, it’s almost as though we’re scared of Hitler all over again. I think the piss needs royally taking.

Andrew: Might I suggest you’re overthinking this one? Clearly what actually happened was that a memo went out declaring Hitler off limits after a parody of him was perfected in the sublime 1990 masterpiece, Heil Honey, I’m Home.

Bob: Make it stop. Please, just make it stop. Do we need to explain The Ovaltineys as well? My Gran used to drink Ovaltine at bedtime. Just helping you get into character, Drew.

Andrew: I think I might know more about the Ovaltineys than you, actually, little scruffy person. As a formerly highly valued member of the teaching profession, my History of Broadcasting students used to sit in wide-eyed wonder as I expounded upon the history of Radio Luxemburg. At least I think it was wide-eyed wonder; that expression could have had something to do with the matchsticks that were propping their lids open.

From memory, I believe Clegg continues to reference his status as an Ovaltiney well into the 2000s.

Bob: Awwww… no Sid in the café. That’s a real culture shock, although Jane Freeman is in good form. ‘I shall treat you as though you were a recognisable human being’, she tells Wesley – and I’m a bit surprised to see that she clearly doesn’t know him! Holmfirth is clearly a small town, and they’re both – ahem – ‘characters’ who have been around for a few years, so it seems quite odd that they’ve never bumped into each other.

Andrew: The loss of John Comer is sorely felt by us, the audience, but the programme makes no reference to Sid’s absence, and won’t do so for several years to come. This is something I’m a little conflicted about when it comes to Last of the Summer Wine. Quite a few characters vanish over the years due to the passing of the actors who played them, and only very rarely are the characters ever mentioned as having also died. On the one hand, having loved the characters, I’d like to see them given a farewell, but on the other it would be very easy to get bogged down by their loss. Why draw attention to the big Sid-shaped hole in this episode when Clarke can use that time to make us laugh? Actually, there’s also something very Northern about just getting on with it.

Bob: Oh god, Wesley paying for his tea in pennies… I used to do this too. In the days when a cup of tea cost 20p, it actually wasn’t THAT outrageous! I even remember going into the corner shop near my school sometime in the long-lost sepia-tinted haze of my childhood, having found a penny on the floor outside… and using it to buy two halfpenny sweets. Yes, I am an Edwardian urchin. I think I’d spent all morning with my nose pressed up against the shop window. Until I went home to play Atic Atac on my ZX Spectrum 48K.

Compo thinks he’s about to star in a blue movie! Oh, I actually remember getting embarrassed about this back in December 1984. When you’re twelve years old, the LAST thing you want to happen when you’re watching TV with your parents is for anything remotely connected to ‘how’s your father’ to appear onscreen. I used to live in fear of heaving buttocks on Channel 4.

Andrew: That reminds me – how is your father?

Bob: Fine, and singing show tunes. Does this morbid, suffocating embarrassment at the ‘TV SEX SCENE’ (in reality, usually barely more than a bit of chaste rolling around beneath satin sheets) still exist for kids today, or are they all watching hardcore porn on their iPads and shrugging their shoulders?

Andrew: You’re a naïve man if you think they’re just shrugging their shoulders…

Bob: Wesley has a secret, and Clegg reassures him that ‘none of us went to Cambridge’. Woah, a spy ring reference! Kim Philby, Donald MacLean, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt had passed official secrets to the Russians during wartime, and were exposed, one-by-one, in a process that lasted from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. It’s a historical reference that went completely over my head in 1984, but I guess it’s merely the equivalent of a modern comedy making jokes about Margaret Thatcher. Which makes me feel ancient. You’ll have to look after me one day, Drew. I want a bath chair. And an ear trumpet.

This is such a lovely pub scene, with Wesley discreetly informing our trio – amidst much paranoid scanning for earwiggers – that he’s ‘found a Loxley Lozenge’.

Andrew: Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the name ‘Loxley Lozenge’? Just say it out loud. Nice and slowly. Isn’t that a pleasant thing to say? It also seems to have been custom built to trip off the tongue of Gordon Warmby.

Bob: The ensuing madness, as Foggy attempts to decipher this bizarre declaration, is a magnificent example of Clarke’s writing and Brian Wilde’s delivery working in perfect tandem. ‘Let me put it through the computer,’ says Foggy, tapping his temple. ‘I read widely through the kind of information found in pocket diaries’.

Oh, glorious. Character work done to perfection! Foggy is absolutely the kind of man who would commit to memory the dates of Yom Kippur and Princess Anne’s birthday, and the conversion formula required to convert acres into hectares. All of which, I hasten to add, are located on the first two pages of my 1984 diary. Before I start waffling on about Terrahawks* and the latest Fighting Fantasy book.

And you know what? I miss those men. I fear forthcoming generations will commit no facts, figures and aimless trivia to memory whatsover, because they won’t need to. It’s all on their bloody iPad at the touch of a button, together with oceans of hardcore filth and ZX Spectrum emulators. But there’s no substitute for hard, tangible knowledge and decades of accumulated wisdom. And I’ll still be saying that in my bath chair when I can barely remember where my ears are.

(Matron: ‘They’re in the bathroom cabinet, next to your teeth!’)

Andrew: I’m ashamed to say that the abundance of technology in my life has led to me completely forgetting any of the mathematics I was ever taught at school. I’m still a wiz at writing BOOBIES with an upside-down calculator, though!

Bob: I love the way Brian Wilde says ‘cough sweet’. There’s such a brilliant, military precision about his manner of speech. And Roy Clarke is still on great, whimsical form here, too. ‘Cromwell denounced them as the Devil’s Baubles’ indeed.

Andrew: Is this as whimsical as Clarke has ever allowed himself to be in Last of the Summer Wine? Foggy doesn’t believe he’s making all of this history up, of course, but his entire back-story to the Loxley Lozenge is just as fantastical as Clegg’s rather more self-knowing Hitler yarn. This is really, really beautiful writing.

Bob: Let’s get to the crux! The Loxley Lozenge is an ancient racing car, and clearly the Holy Grail for a seasoned autophile like Wesley, even though the relic he has unearthed is little more than a rusted chassis. ‘This old girl’s not as bad as she looks,’ he beams, proudly. ‘That’s what they said about Lavinia the Strangler,’ grimaces Clegg.

At first I thought this was another splendid Clarke non-sequitur, but now I’m not so sure if it refers to this lady! She doesn’t appear to have strangled anyone, though – she was more of a consummate poisoner. What do we think?

Lavinia Fisher

The Loxley Lozenge, bare and rusty as it is, gets a big laugh from the studio audience. But you know what? I think it’s rather lovely! And it’s absolutely right and touching that a man like Wesley would find pride in salvaging and restoring it. Were the 1980s the culmination of a couple of decades of wanton disposability? I have a feeling they were. When I was a kid, no-one hung onto ‘old stuff’… it was chucked out. People wanted NEW and IMPROVED, and the idea of homely retro chic would have seemed ridiculous. My parents are still pretty ruthless when it comes to decluttering the house. ‘Oh, that old thing? It went in the bin just last week…’ (Cue me scrabbling through potato peelings to look for a rack of ancient VHS tapes)

Anyway, I’ve done a bit of research on vintage car sites, and although the Loxley Lozenge itself is fictional, it seems to be widely agreed that the actual chassis used in the show is that of an old Austin Sheerline…

The Austin Sheerline

Andrew: Widely agreed?! You just toss that off as if it isn’t utterly remarkable that there is more than one man out there who has decided that tracking down the true origins of this forty-year-old television sitcom prop is a worthwhile use of his time on Earth!

Bob: The door falls off Wesley’s landrover, and he casually picks it up and sticks it in the back. I have done this. Not with a door, but with the back bumper of a Hillman Imp that I was travelling in, circa 1991. It clattered off on a country lane near Hutton Rudby, and I watched it bounce into a ditch through the fogged-up back window. My friend slammed on the brakes, rolled his eyes, and wearily backed up the car to collect it.

My dad also claims to have lost his entire exhaust while travelling down the A19 in a Triumph Toledo. Again, he just shoved it onto the back seat and carried on with his journey. Chew on this, 21st century children of the onboard diagnostic computer.

Andrew: Have you ever owned a car that wasn’t falling to bits? There have been at least two occasions I can think of where it seemed quite likely your car was going to have to be towed away from my driveway. Are you maintaining some sort of elaborate tribute to Gordon Wharmby?

Bob: My entire life is an elaborate tribute to Gordon Wharmby. A lovely bit of Wally and Nora business, right at the death! Chuntering deliciously to each other in their motorbike and sidecar.

Nora: Talk to me. You never speak to me.
Wally: I spoke to you yesterday. I asked you where me elastic bandage was.
Nora: You used to like my company once.
Wally: Oh aye, once. But now I’ve got it all week.


Andrew:
The sight of Wally and Nora in their motorbike and sidecar is never going to fail to make me laugh. My highlight of this scene has to be:

Nora: You’re wicked you are. You do this ‘harmless old man who loves his pigeons’ act, but I know you’re wicked.

There’s so much truth to this dialogue. The mutual distrust and surface level bitterness masking what again actually appears to be a very solid relationship. It also doesn’t hurt that this scene is beautifully performed by Gladwin and Staff. Look closely and you can actually catch Gladwin breaking out of character and stifling a giggle at one point – magical.

Bob: It’s marvellous. Nobody writes like this any more. And after all that, she offers him a Raspberry Ruffle! It’s love. Just not as we know it.

And, unlike the Loxley Lozenge, Raspberry Ruffles are real. You can buy them at any good, traditional sweetshop…

Raspberry Ruffles

Andrew: Tasked with steering the Loxley Lozenge as Wesley tows her home, our trio take to a sofa that has been lashed to its rusting chassis. It isn’t long, of course, before said sofa breaks loose and sends them hurling down a hill only to come to a stop behind a bemused Ashley Jackson. Full circle.

Bob: Yet another Christmas episode with no Christmas trappings whatsoever, but I enjoyed that enormously. A great premise with some truly sparkling dialogue, and a huge compliment to Gordon Wharmby to have such a prestigious episode built around his talents. What a top turn.

Andrew: I’d rank that as one of the best of the series’ run so far. It’s wonderfully written and the cast are at the top of their game. If this is a sign of things to come, Series Eight is shaping up to be something special.

* Andrew You know, I never thought I’d find reason to plug this here, but I happen to be one of the script editors of the revived audio drama series of Terrahawks. Yes, there is such a thing. If you’re as nostalgia-driven as Fischer is, why not treat yourself to this free taster episode?

The Loxley Lozenge

UPDATE:
Thanks to our brilliant readers, we’ve been able to figure out what became of Crusher’s appearance in this episode. Rather than beginning its life as a separately comissioned episode for Christmas, The Loxley Lozenge was produced as part of the regular run of Series Eight. It was later chosen as the best episode to be transmitted over the Christmas period, but as the character had not yet been introduced to viewers, it seems that the decision was made to edit his appearance from the episode. This is how The Loxley Lozenge was first transmitted. For a repeat run in 1985, however, the BBC returned to the original master tape and transmitted the episode with Crusher’s scene intact. This was also the version of the episode later released on the The Finest Vintage VHS release. A big thank you to everybody who contributed towards clearing this up!

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    July 18, 2015 10:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Chris Orton

    Wharmby’s is one of the great underrated performances in the series. The character is pretty one-note, but that note is played to perfection each and every time. All the more remarkable when you consider that Wharmby wasn’t even an actor when he started out in the role.

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      July 18, 2015 10:36 amPosted 2 years ago
      Bob Fischer

      I’m never sure if the ‘wasn’t an actor’ thing has been a bit overstated… Wikipedia says he didn’t have any formal training, but he was a long-standing member of Oldham Rep, and he’d had little walk-ons in Corrie, and a few other shows. (It IS Wikipedia though, so maybe have a hefty pinch of salt handy)

      He is great, though. And he was definitely working as a painter and decorator before he got the Summer Wine job, which I think gives him the edge… you know full well he’s man who’d worn more than a few overalls in his everyday life. Oddly enough, I get the same feeling watching Harrison Ford… a man who’s done a proper, back-breaking job for years on end, and it kind of seeps through into their acting.

      I like to think I’m the first person ever to have made a direct comparison between Gordon Wharmby and Harrison Ford. Just imagine them swapping roles.

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        July 18, 2015 10:49 amPosted 2 years ago
        Chris Orton

        Yes, Wharmby would be pretty good as pilot of Millennium Falcon. He’d certainly would be able to get it started on a cold morning. I daren’t suggest that Dame Thora would be a suitable Chewbacca though.

        Or could you imagine Wharmby as Indiana Jones? Adventuring around the dangerous badlands of Honley and Upperthong in a desperate search for a starter motor for a 1976 Morris Marina.

        Our thoughts on the series are getting weirder and weirder.

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          July 18, 2015 10:53 amPosted 2 years ago
          Bob Fischer

          Actually there are TONS of scenes where Han Solo is underneath bits of the Millennium Falcon with welding goggles on, aren’t there? He even shouts out for Hydro-Spanners at one point! Gordon Wharmby would have breezed through the part.

          I think we’ve touched on this before, but was the character of Wesley based a bit on Fred Dibnah, do we think? It’s uncanny sometimes.

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            July 18, 2015 10:57 amPosted 2 years ago
            Chris Orton

            Foggy = C3PO
            Compo = R2D2
            Clegg = Obi Wan

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              July 18, 2015 10:58 amPosted 2 years ago
              Bob Fischer

              Ha! Ha! Ha! Is Nora the Emperor, with Ivy being Darth Vader? Or is it the other way around?

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          July 18, 2015 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Nick Griffiths

          Would that mean we’d have Burt Kwock as Short Round?

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            July 18, 2015 12:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Bob Fischer

            Go on then, let’s have some fun. Last of the Summer Wine actors who HAVE appeared in a film with Harrison Ford. I’ll start off with Don Henderson. He’s in the 1988 Summer Wine episode Dancing Feet, and the first Star Wars movie.

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          July 18, 2015 2:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Andrew T. Smith (Author)

          “Don’t punch it, Chewie! Caress it! Delicate, like.”

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            July 18, 2015 2:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Bob Fischer

            You ANIMAL.

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        June 24, 2016 3:25 amPosted 1 year ago
        Colton Standifird

        Wharmby~ “Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes!”

        Ford~ “Listen lads, don’t be getting me in trouble with our misses.”

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  • July 19, 2015 12:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nick Griffiths

    I think to me this episode is the genesis of the Last of the Summer Wine which was familiar to me growing up. There are elements which will become part of the formula of the show and the plot foreshadows the arrival of Seymour, who was my first ‘Third Man’.

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    July 19, 2015 8:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jonathan Linsley

    To be honest i had no idea that at any point i was cut from any part of this episode, I still have the script somewhere in my loft and I know i was in it. Also because of the contract I know i get paid the usual repeat fees for this episode from the BBC. I have never actually watched many of the episodes I appeared in, so its fun when people share with me some of the clips and pictures showing me as Crusher. Thanks for an interesting post Andrew and Bob.

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      July 19, 2015 11:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Bob Fischer

      Eeek, sorry to break it to you, Jonathan! It’s a very strange thing alright, it looks like you were in every screening of this episode… apart from the very first one!

      But thanks for posting here… we’re honoured. 🙂

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      June 24, 2016 3:33 amPosted 1 year ago
      Colton Standifird

      Honored to be able to comment knowing that the actual Crusher may read this. As a 25yo male in the United States (and someone who you’d never expect to be a LOTSW fan) I really enjoyed Crusher. I’ve watched the series in its entirety from the pilot to the final episode. It was very sad when John Comer passed and left a gap to fill, but I think Jonathan Linsley filled the spot as his nephew brilliantly. I still watch this series late at night when it runs on AETN.

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        June 25, 2016 3:17 pmPosted 1 year ago
        Bob Fischer

        Aw, good to hear Colton… and thanks for posting! We’ll be rumbling back into life with some more reviews and features very shortly.

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        June 25, 2016 3:27 pmPosted 1 year ago
        Nick Griffiths

        Here’s some retcon for you… it is hinted that Sid and Ivy weren’t approved by Ivy’s mam. Could it be Sid knocked her up out of wedlock and didn’t do the honourable thing of the time… so young Milburn was smuggled off to a relative. Hence Aunty Ivy giving him a change to learn the trade

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          June 27, 2016 12:06 pmPosted 1 year ago
          Colton Standifird

          Can’t say I ever considered that, but it seems fairly plausible. I mean, Compo ended up having a son that he didn’t know about who came to town after his death (yes, I do know that Tom Owen was Bill Owen’s actual son ;P), so I guess the idea of Crusher belonging to Sid and Ivy isn’t all that far fetched.

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    July 22, 2015 2:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Peter Gazzard

    Sad note here-when Compo promises not to tell about the Lozenge he says ‘cross my pancreas and hope to die”,and in 1999 Bill Owen died of pancreatic cancer

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    July 25, 2015 12:44 amPosted 2 years ago
    jakob1978

    I hadn’t realised you’d moved to a new home (I still had the https://ftgetgo.wordpress.com/ address saved to my bookmarks, so every few weeks i’ve loaded it up, seen the Stuart Fell interview and thought you hadn’t posted anything new). Having commented a lot on the old blog, i’ve got a bit of catching up to do 🙂 It’s good to see more reviews though, i’ve missed them

    I love the final shot that the credits play over, with the trio filmed in shadow into the sun (at what looks like dusk).

    regarding the Crusher scene, it was a bit at the begininng of the cafe scene where he won’t let the trio + Wesley in, because they already have 6 customers (His Auntie Ivy didn’t say anything about more than 6 customers). You can see the scene here (it’s about a minute long).

    http://vid833.photobucket.com/albums/zz257/jakob1978/LoxleyLozenge_zpsbkonjtnh.mp4

    It’s something that’ll they’ll do more in the future, taking a regular episode and making it the Xmas special, usually broadcast first. It’ll give future continuity errors too (Entwistle appears in an Xmas special, and is then introduced in the second episode of the series that followed for example).

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      July 26, 2015 7:46 amPosted 2 years ago
      Bob Fischer

      Sorry to confuse you Jakob… but lovely to have you back! We were starting to get a bit worried. 🙂

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    August 24, 2017 12:58 pmPosted 2 months ago
    Simon S

    Ashley Jackson indeed, I still say it’s moonlighting prog legend Jon Anderson! OK, to be fair, Jackson did appear on the Community channel’s walk around Holmfirth in which neither he nor the presenter mention LotSW.

    I first saw this on the Finest Vintage collection, so I’ve never seen a version w/o Crusher. It’s a nice literalism about “6 customers only” – I certainly sympathise with his confusion.

    Wesley claims his wife lets him in the house – oh yeah? 😉

    FOGGY: Try not to sound like somebody being brutal to an orange.

    Foggy’s flight of fancy about the Lozenge is as convincing as Clegg’s early Ovaltiney antics, but perhaps neither is that naturalistic.

    One of my favourite ever exchanges:
    FOGGY: Oh, heartiest congratulations, Wesley!
    WESLEY: Thanks! But I often go to the toilet..!

    The debut of Wesley’s Land Rover, which itself must clock up a mammoth number of appearances, albeit here another chance for Clegg’s bad driving. The big reveal is an anti-climax, and Wesley is as optimistic as Foggy in how other people can instinctively achieve his goals.

    Nora and Wally seem to have featured more this series thanks to that sidecar, and another great exchange:
    NORA: I wonder sometimes if you’d ever miss me if I left?
    WALLY: We could give it a try!

    Once again, time to roll backwards out of control, and then once more with greater gusto, but a nice call-back to Jon Anders-, er, Ashley Jackson.

    I also love the credits with our heroes walking into the sunset, beautifully shot.

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