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a right carry on

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cast
 

Francis Drake Sidney James
Queen Elizabeth ! Hattie Jacques
King Philip Kenneth Connor
Lady Miranda Barbara Windsor
Lord Essex Jack Douglas
Todd Victor Maddern
Quaker Reporter McDonald Hobley
Crew Member Brian Osbourne
Walter Raleigh John Carlin
Lord Burleigh Norman Chappel
   
Screenplay Dave Freeman
Producer Gerald Thomas
Director Alan Tarrant

broadcast

Saturday January 25th 1975 at 6.20pm on ITV

plot

England is on the verge of war with Spain and Queen Elizabeth I sends for Sir Francis Drake in an attempt to prevent all-out war between the two countries. The two are obviously incredibly keen on each other as they flirt shamelessly until the sudden interruption of King Philip of Spain, who plans to marry Elizabeth and thus keep the peace. Later in the episode Lord Essex arrives victorious from war in the Low Countries. However, much to his chagrin, he discovers that Drake has taken hi place as the Queens favourite. Livid, he sets out on a course to besmirch Drake's reputation.

review

Memorable for being Hattie and Sid's last appearance in anything that would be labelled Carry On. They should have been given something better to bow out with than this. From this point in, the series manages to get worse. Only the Lord Peter Flimsey episodes offer any entertainment value, and there's not much in them either.

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