Monday 31 August 2015

Patsy plays it straight

The internet is a wonderful thing. Patsy Rowlands was forever cast in similar comedy parts in film and on television for decades. Every so often though something surprising came up. It's always lovely to see a familiar face play against type and this brings me to an episode of Juliet Bravo from 1981.

Juliet Bravo was a police procedural series set in Lancashire and ran for five years in the early 1980s. It was unusual at the time as the main character was a woman, played first by Stephanie Turner and later by Anna Carteret. It was devised by Ian Kennedy Martin, who had been involved with that wonderful 70s series, The Sweeney. Stephanie Turner had also played George Carter's wife Alison early on in The Sweeney before the character was rather violently written out...Anyway I digress, back to Patsy.

A scene from Patsy's episode has turned up on Youtube and she gets to play it straight as a rather common, blowsy Northern woman. As usual with Patsy it is an absolute joy. I must track down the full episode. You can view the clip below:

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