3 Jul 2009

Have you been served?

The BBC reports actress Molly Sugden died at age 86. Many Trinidadians will wonder why I am mentioning this.

It will clear the air when readers learn that she was Mrs Slocombe (head of the women’s dept) in the British comedy series Are you being served?, which took place in a fictional department store. The creators Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft also created and penned the other classic ‘Allo ‘Allo.

This comedy series was once a favourite among Trinidadians of my age group or older. British comedies were a fresh breath of air after all of the American sitcoms force fed to us.

By the way, Trinidadians can dispel with the rumour that Gordon Kaye (RenĂ© Artois of ‘Allo ‘Allo) was killed by lightening. He was injured in a storm when a piece of wood flew through his car’s windshield into his forehead but he had surgery successfully and was able to do a reunion movie after.