Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!
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|Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!|
|Created by||Roy Clarke|
|Directed by||Derrick Goodwin (pilot)
Ronnie Baxter (tv series)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||29|
|Original release||30 September 1974 – 17 October 1978|
The series starred Bill Maynard as Selwyn Froggitt, a council labourer, Scarsdale Working Men’s Club secretary, hapless handyman and all-round public nuisance. It was created by Roy Clarke, who wrote the pilot episode transmitted in 1974, although the series was mostly written by Alan Plater, and was made for the ITV network, by Yorkshire Television.
- Bill Maynard – Selwyn Froggitt
- Megs Jenkins – Mrs Froggitt (Series 1-3)
- Robert Keegan – Maurice Froggitt (Series 1-3)
- Rosemary Martin – Vera Parkinson (Series 1)
- Lynda Baron – Vera Parkinson (Series 2-3)
- Richard Davies – Clive (Series 1-3)
- Bill Dean – Jack (Series 1-3)
- Harold Goodwin – Harry (Series 1-3)
- Ray Mort – Ray (Series 1-3)
- Bernard Gallagher - Mervin Price (Series 4)
Set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Scarsdale, the first three series centred on the bungling exploits of Selwyn Froggitt, a burly, balding, good-natured council labourer (Maynard) usually clad in a donkey jacket, with pretensions to intellectual competence (he carried The Times rolled up in the pocket of his donkey jacket, although was hardly ever seen reading it, preferring to tell people that "There was an article about it in The Times") and an urge to improve his life and that of everyone around him. Froggitt was on the committee of his local working men's club, serving as concert secretary in charge of booking "turns".
Froggitt was fundamentally and spectacularly incompetent at everything he turned his hand to, being equally inept at his day job (digging holes and filling them in), do-it-yourself at home, and booking acts for the club. Nevertheless he was extremely honest and hard-working, unlike the other committee members, who usually sat back in comfort while Froggitt did the manual labour. They generally despised him but tolerated him because he was too stupid to realise how dishonest they were.
The show featured a number of catchphrases: Selwyn's "Magic!" accompanied by two thumbs up; and his usual order at the club was, "A pint of cooking and a bag of nuts." (Although at virtually every opportunity whilst in the bar Selwyn would order at least one bag of nuts, he would rarely, if ever, be seen eating the nuts). Raymond the barman (Ray Mort) was fond of answering the telephone with a number of highly fictitious and fanciful addresses. All decisions taken by the club committee were taken on a "Show of hands..." and "Carried unanimously". Another running gag was Selwyn's mum saying "I wish you wouldn't open that cupboard Selwyn, things fall out!" whenever he opened the cupboard in the Froggitt front room upon which a flow of objects would fall onto the floor.
Froggitt's colleagues on the committee included the dour Scouser Jack (Bill Dean), Harry (Harold Goodwin) and excitable, stereotypical Welshman Clive (Richard Davies). His brother Maurice was played by Robert Keegan.
The show's humour included a fair measure of slapstick alongside Plater's typical northern humour. Mainly shot at Yorkshire Television Studios on Kirkstall Road, Leeds, whilst outdoor location filming for the series took place in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire and Elvington, North Yorkshire.
In the fourth (and final) series, the format of the show changed radically. This version of the series was entitled Selwyn; all of the regular cast from the first three series (bar Maynard) left the show, to focus on and pursue other TV work.
During the final series, The Froggitt character became entertainments manager at a seedy holiday camp on the east coast. Plater was no longer involved with the series, but with disappointing audience reactions; a planned fifth series was cancelled.
List of Episodes
|Series premiere||Series finale|
|Pilot||1||30 September 1974|
|Series 1 (1976)||6||7 January 1976||11 February 1976|
|Series 2 (1977)||7||21 February 1977||4 April 1977|
|Series 3 (1977)||7||8 November 1977||20 December 1977|
|Christmas Special (1977)||1||27 December 1977|
|Series 4 (1978)||7||5 September 1978||17 October 1978|
- Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! (30 September 1974)
Series 1 (1976)
Series 2 (1977)
Series 3 (1977)
Series 4 (1978)
All four series of Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! have been released on DVD. A four-disc set of the complete series of both complete series titles has also been released.
|The Complete Series 1||1974
|25 May 2009|
|The Complete Series 2||1977||7 September 2009|
|The Complete Series 3||1977||3 May 2010|
|The Complete Series 4||1978||16 August 2010|
|The Complete Series 1 to 4 Box Set||1974–
|11 October 2010|