For half a century, we’ve adored the misadventures of accident-prone Frank Spencer and his patient wife, Betty in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em stars.. Now, in a heartwarming and nostalgic special, actors Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice sit down together for the first time to reminisce about the beloved sitcom that has left an indelible mark on British television.
Now, in a heartwarming and nostalgic special, actors Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice sit down together for the first time to reminisce about the beloved sitcom that has left an indelible mark on British television.
Joining forces, Michael and Michele take us on a journey back to the show’s inception, revealing fascinating insights into how they landed their roles. Delving into the behind-the-scenes magic, they share cherished memories of filming the series, including the infamous stunts that Michael insisted on doing himself.
The slapstick and stunt-packed sitcom garnered much adoration, with only a few able to withstand the allure of an enthusiastic “Oooh Betty.” At its peak, the show attracted a staggering 25 million viewers who eagerly tuned in to catch hapless Frank’s signature catchphrase.
Looking back on the show, Michele, 74, says: “You became a recluse, I remember so many of our impersonators of the day were going ‘Oooh Betty’. You couldn’t go out.” Michael, 81, laughs, explaining at the time he was separated from his wife and living “quietly” in a council flat in Kensington, London. Or trying to.
He continued: “Suddenly I became a someone. In the launderette I couldn’t do my washing, I had to do it in the sink. That’s success. I couldn’t go in a pub. But it was wonderful, I’m not moaning.”
The duo also opens up about the tremendous impact the show’s phenomenal success had on their personal lives and careers. Audiences will be delighted to witness the camaraderie and genuine affection the stars have for each other, as they laughingly recall the joyous moments that made Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em a cherished classic.
For fans of the show, this nostalgic conversation is sure to be a delightful trip down memory lane.
Michael Crawford And Michele Dotrice Remember… Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is currently on BBC iPlayer.