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Dennis Potter's Ideas For Casting


Originally Potter wanted Roy Hudd as Arthur (Americans may not know who he is, but in Britain he's a well-known comedian) Spike Milligan as The Accordion Man and Penelope Keith as Joan. One can't fault the cast we've got, but I wish they'd made both versions: Milligan wold have been amazing (though I don't suppose he'd ever have kept to the script.)

It's like his play Blade on the Feather, he'd wanted comedians Jimmy Jewell and Max Wall as the sinister professor and his butler, but he made these suggestions before it was recognised what good actors comics could make.

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Thank you for this informative post. I think Ronnie Barker would have been an excellent Arthur too.

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