George and the Dragon (TV series)
|George and the Dragon|
First series title card
|Created by||Vince Powell and
John Le Mesurier
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||26 minutes per episode|
|Original release||19 November 1966 – 31 October 1968|
George and the Dragon is a British situation comedy made by ATV for the ITV network which was transmitted in four series comprising 4 series and 26 episodes between 19 November 1966 and 31 October 1968.
The regular cast was Sid James, Peggy Mount, John Le Mesurier and Keith Marsh. The show was written by Harry Driver and Vince Powell; Shaun O'Riordan was the director, and Alan Tarrant was the main producer.
Outline of the Show
James plays George Russell, a handyman and chauffeur, and Mount the housekeeper Gabrielle Dragon who are employed by Colonel Maynard (Le Mesurier). Marsh plays Ralph, the gardener. After Russell's lascivious behaviour has been responsible for the resignation of 16 previous housekeepers, Gabrielle, a formidable widow in her forties, will have none of it. The two leading characters are frequently at crossed swords with each other and George regularly schemes to remove her from her job.
Mount herself was unlike the 'battleaxe' characters she tended to play, and had known James for many years by the time of this series. They had worked together in the screen adaptation of the Brian Rix associated farce Dry Rot (1956). Mount reminded James of his own mother, while Mount found James a convivial colleague. It was while the second series was in production on 13 May 1967 that James had his first heart attack.
Unlike many British television series of its era, George and the Dragon survives in its entirety with no episodes missing, and has been issued as a DVD boxset.