PG certificateNo Sex Please We're British is a Film programme that first aired in 1973 and has been classified a PG certificate.

No Sex Please We're British is a 2 star programme

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No Sex Please We're British (1973)

Directed by
Clifford Olin

Although No Sex Please, We're British is best known as the phenomenally successful stage comedy which ran in London's West End from 1971 to 1987 (it remains the longest-running comedy ever, with 6,761 performances to its name), it was also adapted into an equally farcical movie, starring RONNIE CORBETT (replacing Michael Crawford, who had featured in the original stage version), ARTHUR LOWE and BERYL REID. If you're wondering why the film has rarely been shown on television, that's because the stage producer John Gale used to pay TV companies not to show it while his play was still packing 'em in during its West End run.

Ronnie Corbett plays Brian Runnicles, a bank clerk who's perplexed when a wrongly labelled package of dirty postcards arrives at his workplace. With his boss Mr Bromley (Arthur Lowe) a stout anti-pornography campaigner, Brian struggles to dispose of the blue material without arousing his suspicions. Complicating the matters further are a couple of newly-weds (IAN OGILVY and SUSAN PENHALIGON) and their visiting mother-in-law (Beryl Reid) who live in the flat directly above the bank. As more and more blue material arrives, the clerk's increasingly erratic behaviour even manages to attract the attention of the local police.

The Sunday Telegraph called No Sex Please, We're British "fast, funny and lunatic in the best tradition of British farce, splendidly played by Ronnie Corbett, Beryl Reid and Arthur Lowe." Writing in the Evening Standard, meanwhile, Alexander Walker praised Cliff Owen, calling him "our best director of comedies. He handles his cast like clockwork - but clockwork in which no fly-wheel moves at quite the same rate as the others, yet all function perfectly together."

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1973

2/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett...Brian Runnicles
Beryl Reid...Bertha Hunter
Image for Arthur LoweArthur Lowe...Mr. Bromley
Ian Ogilvy...David Hunter
Susan Penhaligon...Penny Hunter
Michael Bates...Mr. Needham
Cheryl Hall...Daphne
David Swift...Inspector Paul
Deryck Guyler...Park Keeper
Valerie Leon...Susan
Margaret Nolan...Barbara
Gerald Sim...Reverend Mower
Michael Robbins...Car Driver
Image for Frank ThorntonFrank Thornton...Glass Shop Manager
Michael Ripper...Traffic Warden
Lloyd Lamble...American Man
Mavis Villiers...American Lady
Sydney Bromley...Rag & Bone Man
John Bindon...Pete
Stephen Greif...Niko