The Magnificent Evans (1984)

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Like Open All Hours, this 1984 series saw Ronnie Barker respond to a great Roy Clarke script with a memorable performance. In Plantagenet Evans, like Arkwright or Porridge's Fletcher, Barker found a unique, witty, rounded character which he could make his own (including, in this case, a fantastically comic Welsh accent).

In the small Welsh village of Llantisiliant, Plantagenet Evans advertises himself as a 'Genius, Photographer and Man of Letters'. Larger than life and flamboyantly dressed, Evan's is a egotistical, overbearing character who sees himself as more of an artist than an artisan.

A man of hidden means who also deals in anything saleable under the guise of "antiques", the sharp-tongued Evans is driven by lust and other sordid motives. Perhaps this is why his long-standing, long-suffering fiancee Rachel is employed as his assistant, a position that enables his wandering hands don't wander too far and his wandering eye doesn't wander too wide.

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Ronnie Barker
Sharon Morgan
Myfanwy Talog
Dickie Arnold
William Thomas
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Sydney Lotterby
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Comedy 1984 177 576i (PAL) 2 4
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English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
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