Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Reunion Frank & Betty Interviews…
Could it be true? A 2016 ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Av ‘Em’ BBC Reunion?
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is a BBC television sitcom, created and written by Raymond Allen and starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice.
It was first broadcast in 1973 and ran for three series, ending in 1978.
The series follows the accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant wife, Betty, through Frank’s various attempts to hold down a job, which frequently end in disaster.
It was noted for its stuntwork, performed by Michael Crawford himself, as well as featuring various well-remembered catchphrases, that have become part of popular culture.
In a 2004 poll to find Britain’s Best Sitcom, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em came 22nd.
Here’s Michele Dotrice (Betty) in conversation with Alex Belfield:
Here’s Michael Crawford (Frank) in conversation with Alex Belfield:
The wimpish, smiling Frank, sporting his trademark beret and trench coat, is married to the apparently normal Betty (Michele Dotrice) and in later series they have a baby daughter, Jessica, which offered scope for even more slapstick humour.
Frank was a gift for impersonators, and for a time it became a cliché that every half-decent impersonator was doing an impression of him, particularly his main catchphrase, “Ooh Betty”, which is only ever said in one episode: series 2, episode 2.
Interviews by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 2015 and for the BBC 2011