ARCHIVE TV ADVENT CALENDAR DAY SIX: 6 December 1968

First regular episode of The Old Campaigner (BBC-1).

Terry-Thomas stars as high-powered salesman/scoundrel F.J., who insists that his advancing years are no barrier to cross-continental caddery.

(Video is the Comedy Playhouse pilot, but still. In this episode Derek Fowlds plays F.J.’s youthful charge.)

FULL BROADCAST HISTORY

Fri 30th Jun 1967, 19:30 (BBC-1)
Comedy Playhouse: The Old Campaigner
by Michael Pertwee. Starring Terry-Thomas with Derek Fowlds

Fri 6th Dec 1968, 19:55 (BBC-1)
The Best Laid Plans
Written by Michael Pertwee. Starring Terry-Thomas as F.J. and Jonathan Cecil as Peter Clancy
Jimmy Franklin-Jones, or ‘F.J.’ as he is known to his colleagues, is a high-powered expert salesman who travels the world on behalf of his firm, Balsoms Plastics. His main interest in life, however, is in birds-but not plastic ones.

Fri 13th Dec 1968, 19:55 (BBC-1)
Minx
Written by Michael Pertwee. Starring Terry-Thomas as F.J. and Jonathan Cecil as Peter Clancy
Jimmy Franklin-Jones and his assistant Peter Clancy are on a trip to Spain on behalf of their firm, Balsoms Plastics. In Madrid, as elsewhere, ‘F.J.’ tries to combine business with pleasure-with a heavy accent on pleasure.

Fri 20th Dec 1968, 19:55 (BBC-1)
Man of Letters
‘F.J.’ goes over to Amsterdam on business with his assistant Peter Clancy. His scheme to keep his wife happy at home while he is enjoying himself abroad goes very wrong.

Fri 27th Dec 1968, 21:05 (BBC-1)
White Man’s Tomb
This is the most exotic assignment that ‘F.J.’ has been given by Balsom’s Plastics and it leads him and his assistant Clancy to try to clinch a deal with an emergent African state. It also leads him, as usual, into a great deal of trouble.

Fri 3rd Jan 1969, 19:55 (BBC-1)
Home Cooking
Jimmy Franklin-Jones is instructed to entertain an influential American client at his home. The dinner party takes place, but it all goes to show that ‘F.J.’ doesn’t need to travel abroad to get into trouble. He can do that just as easily at home.

Fri 10th Jan 1969, 19:55 (BBC-1)
French Farce
Jimmy Franklin-Jones is sent to cover an industrial conference in Monte Carlo. Business, as ever, takes second place to pleasure, but this time F.J.’s luck nearly runs out.

Mon 29th Dec 2003, 21:35 (BBC Four)
Missing Believed Wiped: Comedy Playhouse – The Old Campaigner
by Michael Pertwee. Starring Terry-Thomas with Derek Fowlds*.

(*As far as I can find, the Comedy Playhouse pilot was shown here. Anyone know any different?)

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