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From 2016 to 2017, my parents and I watched the complete DVD box set of ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’. This was a Christmas present I gave to my Dad in 2016 and I’m amazed we finished all the episodes over a month! My parents and I really enjoyed this comedy series and I’m very pleased about that! 🙂
‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ is a BBC comedy TV series by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the same writing duo who created ‘Dad’s Army’. It’s set during World War II in India and Burma and features the adventures of a Royal Artillery Concert Party. I’ve greatly enjoyed watching this TV series on DVD. 😀
Its humour is of its time and there are eight seasons in total. The TV show was made from 1974 to 1981. The TV series stars Michael Bates as Bearer Rangi Ram, Windsor Davies as Sgt-Major Williams, George Layton as Bombardier ‘Solly’ Solomons and Melvyn Hayes as Bombardier ‘Gloria’ Beaumont.
There’s also Don Estelle as Gunner ‘Lofty’ Sugden, Donald Hewlet as Colonel Reynolds, Michael Knowles as Captain Ashwood, Christopher Mitchell as Gunner ‘Parky’ Parkin, John Clegg as Gunner Graham and many more. A lot of these faces I recognise from other Jimmy Perry/David Croft TV shows.
The complete TV series is divided into two halves with the first four seasons set at a Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India and the second four seasons set in the village of Tin Man, Burma. I was pretty saddened when I learnt Michael Bates as Bearer Rangi died half-way during the making of the series.
For me, Michael Bates’ character was a mainstay of the series and the series didn’t feel the same anymore without his reassuring presence and his hilarious cough. But the rest of the cast were superbly entertaining in the series, especially Windsor Davies as constant ‘SHUT UP’ Sergeant-Major.
I have some of my favourite episodes from the series. These include ‘The Jungle Patrol’ where the Sergeant-Major takes his ‘lovely boys’ into the jungle as well as ‘Lofty’s Little Friend’ where Lofty is followed by an elephant. I also enjoyed ‘Dog in the Manger’, as it guest starred June Whitfield in it. 🙂
I found the last two episodes of the series very touching and moving, as they saw the Concert Party leave India and Burma behind and return home to England. It felt sad to see this TV comedy show come to an end, since my parents and I enjoyed it so much and we really liked the characters a lot. 😦
I’m pleased I purchased a really good Christmas present for my Dad in 2016 and I’m amazed we saw all the eight seasons and episodes very quickly. ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ is a good comedy series to watch. It doesn’t match to ‘Dad’s Army’, but this is a classic comedy show I won’t forget in a hurry. 🙂
Here on ‘Bradley’s Basement’, I will add my reviews on each of the episodes featured in the eight seasons of ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’.
Here’s a link to a list of who’s who in the ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ TV series.
Below is a list of my reviews on the episodes in the TV series. Click on the links to see and read my reviews.
MY ‘IT AIN’T HALF HOT MUM’ REVIEWS
‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ (TV series)
- Series 1
- Series 2
- Series 3
- Series 4
- ‘Monsoon Madness’ (TV)
- ‘Kidnapped in the Khyber’ (TV)
- ‘A Fate Worse Than Death’ (TV)
- ‘Ticket to Blighty’ (TV)
- ‘Lofty’s Little Friend’ (TV)
- ‘Flight to Jawani’ (TV)
- ‘We Are Not Amused’ (TV)
- ‘Twenty-One Today’ (TV)
- Series 5
- ‘Front Line Entertainers’ (TV)
- ‘Bridge Over the River Hipong’ (TV)
- ‘The Pay Off’ (TV)
- ‘Puddings From Heaven’ (TV)
- ‘The Superstar’ (TV)
- ‘The Eternal Quadrangle’ (TV)
- Series 6
- ‘The Stars Look Down’ (TV)
- ‘The Big League’ (TV)
- ‘The Great Payroll Snatch’ (TV)
- ‘The Dhobi Wallahs’ (TV)
- ‘Lead Kindly Light’ (TV)
- ‘Holidays at Home’ (TV)
- ‘Caught Short’ (TV)
- Series 7
- ‘That’s Entertainment?’ (TV)
- ‘The Guinea Pigs’ (TV)
- ‘Dog in the Manger’ (TV)
- ‘The Great Broadcast’ (TV)
- ‘Class of 1945’ (TV)
- ‘Star Commandos’ (TV)
- Series 8
- ‘Gloria’s Finest Hour’ (TV)
- ‘Money Talks’ (TV)
- ‘Aquastars’ (TV)
- ‘The Last Warrior’ (TV)
- ‘Never the Twain Shall Meet’ (TV)
- ‘The Long Road Home’ (TV)
- ‘The Last Roll Call’ (TV)
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