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The Prince of Denmark (DVD)
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Ronnie Corbett and Rosemary Leach star as a couple who inherit a pub in this lost gem, 1974 sitcom.

Its all hands to the pump in the 1974 sequel to Now Look Here as hapless Ronnie and long-suffering Laura have a stab at running a pub. Ronnie Corbett and Rosemary Leach star.

In the wake of No, Thats Me Over Here! and Now Look Here!, this is the third sitcom series penned by Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer for Ronnie Corbetts archetypal everyman. Corbett shines as a pompous but affable ing nue whose witless bluster and eagerness to fit in land him in unwelcome scrapes.

The Prince of Denmark is a frayed-at-the-edges pub to which wife Laura (Rosemary Leach) has inherited the lease. But Ronnie soon takes charge, convinced that his past skills as a frustrated insurance salesman will help get things ship-shape.

Ronnies run-ins feature brewery reps posing as customers, a rugby team on a rowdy binge, a woman about to give birth on the billiards table, and a cast of irregular regulars including a ragingly alcoholic commuter (Tim Barrett) who can be relied upon to miss train after train, and a crossword fiend (Michael Nightingale) who talks only in cryptic riddles. Luckily Laura and dependable barman Steve (David Warwick) are on hand to smooth the waters whenever unsinkable Ronnie drifts out of his depth.

Corbett may have been put back in a box at Mothers in his next, wildly successful sitcom Sorry!, but Chapman and Cryers freestyle six-episode precursor is smarter, more satisfying, and just a little more grown-up.

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