History Series / HiDeHi

6th Dec '16 6:33:40 PM mlsmithca
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* KingIncognito: In "Stripes", we learn that Joe Maplin regularly visits his holiday camps dressed in a shabby suit and posing as a camper to keep tabs on his employees, in terms of both how well they perform their jobs and how many confidence tricks they're running. However, the fact that he still wears gold cufflinks, a big diamond ring, and crocodile skin shoes triggers Peggy's suspicions.
6th Dec '16 7:56:19 AM mlsmithca
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Simon Cadell left after Series 5, so Jeffrey Fairbrother was written out as having taken a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin in the USA between summer seasons and replaced by Squadron-Leader the Honourable Clive Dempster, DFC (David Griffin), who, in contrast to the introverted but hard-working Jeffrey, is brash, flirtatious, and perpetually on the make; Gladys almost immediately transfers her affections to him after Jeffrey's departure. Leslie Dwyer passed away after Series 6, so the camp children's entertainer position was passed to "Uncle Sammy" Morris (Kenneth Connor), another alcoholic music hall star fallen on hard times. Finally, Barry Howard left after Series 7, so Barry was said to have left Yvonne and was replaced by her former dance partner Julian Dalrymple-Sykes (Ben Aris), a more down-to-earth character who also worked as a pig farmer.

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Simon Cadell left after Series 5, so Jeffrey Fairbrother was written out as having taken a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin in the USA between summer seasons and replaced by Squadron-Leader the Honourable Clive Dempster, DFC (David Griffin), who, in contrast to the introverted but hard-working Jeffrey, is brash, flirtatious, and perpetually on the make; make. Gladys almost immediately transfers her affections to him Clive after Jeffrey's departure.departure; their relationship is more turbulent but ultimately more successful. Leslie Dwyer passed away after Series 6, so the camp children's entertainer position was passed to "Uncle Sammy" Morris (Kenneth Connor), another alcoholic music hall star fallen on hard times. Finally, Barry Howard left after Series 7, so Barry was said to have left Yvonne and was replaced by her former dance partner Julian Dalrymple-Sykes (Ben Aris), a more down-to-earth character who also worked as a pig farmer.
5th Dec '16 9:22:40 AM mlsmithca
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* TheTeamWannabe: Peggy for the Yellowcoats.

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* TheTeamWannabe: Peggy From the very first episode, Peggy's character arc is largely defined by her desperation to join the Yellowcoats; she's nearly always present for entertainment staff meetings despite Gladys repeatedly pointing out that she isn't a Yellowcoat, and she eagerly volunteers for the Yellowcoats.ZanyScheme or daft performance of the moment in the hopes of improving her chances of joining the team. [[spoiler:She finally succeeds in the last episode when Dawn is taken ill and Clive decides, over Gladys' scepticism, that it's high time Peggy was given her dream.]]
4th Dec '16 1:27:15 PM mlsmithca
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* BlueBlood: In "Hey Diddle Diddle, Who's on the Fiddle", Ted, Spike, Fred, and Peggy borrow a copy of ''Burke's Peerage'' from the Crimpton-on-Sea library and discover that Clive's father is Lord William Dempster of Dempster Hall in Cambridgeshire, so that Clive would be more properly addressed as the Honourable Clive Dempster.[[note]] Later in the series, we learn that in keeping the tradition of most British titled families, Lord William's brothers, as they were not in line to inherit the title, have entered the clergy or the military instead.[[/note]] However, he doesn't care much about his aristocratic heritage, and would rather everyone simply call him "Clive".

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* BlueBlood: In "Hey Diddle Diddle, Who's on the Fiddle", Ted, Spike, Fred, and Peggy borrow a copy of ''Burke's Peerage'' from the Crimpton-on-Sea library and discover that Clive's father is Lord William Dempster of Dempster Hall in Cambridgeshire, so that Clive would be more properly addressed as the Honourable Clive Dempster.[[note]] Later in the series, we learn that in keeping with the tradition of most British titled families, Lord William's brothers, as they were not in line to inherit the title, have entered the clergy or the military instead.instead; Sir Claude is a general, Neville is a vice-admiral, and Simon is a bishop.[[/note]] However, he doesn't care much about his aristocratic heritage, and would rather everyone simply call him "Clive".
4th Dec '16 1:24:27 PM mlsmithca
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* BlueBlood: In "Hey Diddle Diddle, Who's on the Fiddle", Ted, Spike, Fred, and Peggy borrow a copy of ''Burke's Peerage'' from the Crimpton-on-Sea library and discover that Clive's father is Lord William Dempster of Dempster Hall in Cambridgeshire, so that Clive would be more properly addressed as the Honourable Clive Dempster.[[note]] Later in the series, we learn that in keeping the tradition of most British titled families, Lord William's brothers, as they were not in line to inherit the title, have entered the clergy or the military instead.[[/note]] However, he doesn't care much about his aristocratic heritage, and would rather everyone simply call him "Clive".
3rd Dec '16 10:37:10 AM mlsmithca
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* DoubleEntendre: A mainstay of Ted's act, much to the disgust of Gladys and Yvonne. (Of course, the campers love it.)

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A mainstay of Ted's act, much to the disgust of Gladys and Yvonne. (Of course, the campers love it.))
** In "Hey Diddle Diddle, Who's on the Fiddle", the writers get a lot of mileage out of the homophonic nature of "nob" (short for "noble" when used as a noun) and "knob" (slang for male organ, also used as an insult), such as referring to ''Burke's Peerage''[[note]] They also get mileage out of the homophonic nature of "Burke's" and "berks" (Cockney rhyming slang for CountryMatters).[[/note]] as a "book of nobs" and to Clive's Joe Maplin-given mission to look for corrupt members of the upper class as a search for "bent nobs".
3rd Dec '16 12:42:43 AM mlsmithca
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* {{Blackmail}}: In "All Change", Joe Maplin's fiancée and Yellowcoat Controller Joan Wainwright visits Crimpton-on-Sea and starts making life so miserable for Gladys - including ridiculing her for having no sporting qualifications, unlike the other Yellowcoats, and then promoting Tracy to chief Yellowcoat - that she decides to hand in her notice. However, Ted recognises "Joan Wainwright" as Beryl Green, a magician's assistant with whom he once shared a theatre bill in the 1940s... and knows that she and the magician had a mixed race child out of wedlock. He forces her to buy his silence by re-instating Gladys as chief Yellowcoat and leaving her alone henceforth.

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In "All Change", Joe Maplin's fiancée and Yellowcoat Controller Joan Wainwright visits Crimpton-on-Sea and starts making life so miserable for Gladys - including ridiculing her for having no sporting qualifications, unlike the other Yellowcoats, and then promoting Tracy to chief Yellowcoat - that she decides to hand in her notice. However, Ted recognises "Joan Wainwright" as Beryl Green, a magician's assistant with whom he once shared a theatre bill in the 1940s... and knows that she and the magician had a mixed race child out of wedlock. He forces her to buy his silence by re-instating Gladys as chief Yellowcoat and leaving her alone henceforth.henceforth.
** In "Hey Diddle Diddle, Who's on the Fiddle", Clive reveals that he was appointed to the position of Entertainments Manager because Joe Maplin is angling for a knighthood, and hopes that by employing a member of the nobility, he can get the names of people in position of influence with skeletons in their closets whom he can then blackmail into appealing to the Crown to make him Sir Joe Maplin. Fortunately (or not, if you're Joe Maplin), Clive doesn't actually know any corrupt people in high places.
3rd Dec '16 12:13:01 AM mlsmithca
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* SerialEscalation: The episode "Stripes" gets its title from the two extra rings Gladys puts on the sleeves of her yellow blazer after Joe Maplin orders that she be put in charge of the other Yellowcoats. Determined not to look ordinary next to Gladys, Yvonne and Barry put three extra rings on their sleeves, while Mr Partridge points out to Fred that he's in charge of twice as many horses as Gladys is Yellowcoats, so Fred puts four extra rings on his sleeves. Ted tops them all by taking to the stage for the Holiday Princess competition with ''eight'' extra rings on his sleeves to show the others how ridiculous they're being.
30th Nov '16 10:10:36 AM mlsmithca
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* TheComicallySerious: Jeffrey Fairbrother is a very serious chap, however much comic mayhem may be going on around him, and this in itself is a frequent source of humour. Whether he's reading Joe Maplin's borderline illiterate letters to the staff, introducing bawdy games to the campers, or participating in cheaply-costumed performances, his face and voice remain almost completely deadpan. Never is this more apparent than when he tries the "Hi-de-hi!"/"Ho-de-ho!"/"[Speaker's name] can't hear you! HI-DE-HI!"/"HO-DE-HO!" exchange with the campers; while Ted and Spike are able to stoke the campers' enthusiasm by displaying plenty of their own, Jeffrey's inarticulate stammering produces a far more listless response from the holidaymakers.

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* TheComicallySerious: Jeffrey Fairbrother is a very serious chap, however much comic mayhem may be going on around him, and this in itself is a frequent source of humour. Whether he's reading Joe Maplin's borderline illiterate letters to the staff, introducing bawdy games to the campers, or participating in cheaply-costumed performances, his face and voice remain almost completely deadpan. Never is this more apparent than when he tries the "Hi-de-hi!"/"Ho-de-ho!"/"[Speaker's "Hello campers, hi-de-hi!"/"Ho-de-ho!"/"[Speaker's name] can't hear you! HI-DE-HI!"/"HO-DE-HO!" exchange with the campers; exchange; while Ted and Spike are able to stoke the campers' enthusiasm by displaying plenty of their own, Jeffrey's inarticulate stammering produces a far more listless response from the holidaymakers.
30th Nov '16 10:04:51 AM mlsmithca
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* ModernMajorGeneral: Clive was clearly a capable airman, having achieved the rank of Squadron Leader and been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but he's completely out of his depth as Entertainment Manager, having been appointed to the position precisely because of his BlueBlood military background and not because he was in any way qualified. He unloads most of the actual work on Ted and/or Gladys, and his considerable personal charm (and Gladys' crush on him) allows him to get away with it.

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* ModernMajorGeneral: Clive was clearly a capable airman, having achieved the rank of Squadron Leader and been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but he's completely out of his depth as Entertainment Manager, having been appointed to the position precisely because of his BlueBlood military background and not because he was in any way qualified. He unloads most of the actual work on Ted and/or Gladys, and his considerable personal charm (and Gladys' crush on him) allows him to get away with it.it (mostly - Gladys and especially Ted start calling him out on his laziness more frequently in later series).
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