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The Plank

Year:
Duration:
Germany:28 min
Genres:
Comedy | Short
IMDB rate:
7.4
Director:
Eric Sykes
Awards:
1 win
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1979-12-17
Filming Locations: Barnes Pond, Barnes, London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Reg Varney
Reg Varney
The Plank
Eric Sykes
Larger Workman
Arthur Lowe
Smaller Workman
Lionel Blair
Paint-covered House Owner
Henry Cooper
Beer drinker
Harry H. Corbett
Amorous Van Driver
Bernard Cribbins
House painter
Robert Dorning
Fork-Lift Truck Driver
Diana Dors
Woman with Rose
Charlie Drake
Delivery man with cake
Jimmy Edwards
Policeman
Liza Goddard
Young lady helped across the road
Deryck Guyler
Milkman
Charles Hawtrey
Co-Driver
Frankie Howerd
Photographer
James Hunt
One-Eyed Truck Driver
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Old man trying to cross the road (as Wilfred Hyde White)
Joanna Lumley
Hitchhiker
Kenny Lynch
Dustman
Brian Murphy
Truck Driver
Kate O'Mara
'It's Paint' Woman
Ann Sidney
Photographers Model
Frank Windsor
Car driver
Pat Gorman
Dustman
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Trivia
Basically this 1979 TV version was a re-make of the original 1967 Cinema film of the same title. Eric Sykes re-used many of the original locations including many parts of Barnes in South West London. Barnes pond is a good example where scenes were re-shot, recreating as close to the original 1967 film as possible.
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This is a pantomime, but there is one line in the film. It is uttered by Kate O'Mara who, when discovering that the red spot on Eric Sykes' cheek is not blood, but paint, says, "It's paint."
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Frank Windsor's character is the driver who leans out of his car window tapping his watch, as he does so a short burst of the Music Hall tune "If you want to know the time, Ask a Policeman". Windsor was well known in the UK for playing a detective in Z Cars (1962) and later Softly Softly (1966)
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Photos from cast
Reg Varney