Rhubarb Rhubarb

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Rhubarb Rhubarb
Directed by Eric Sykes
Produced by David Clark
Written by Eric Sykes
Starring Eric Sykes
Jimmy Edwards
Bob Todd
Charlie Drake
Music by Denis King
Cinematography Dusty Miller
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
28 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Rhubarb Rhubarb is a 30-minute television comedy special made by Thames TV and transmitted in 1980. The special is a re-make of Eric Sykes' 1969 film, Rhubarb.


A police inspector is so intent on winning a round of golf against a vicar, despite his lack of ability at the game, that he employs his constable to furtively disentangle his ball from the odd spots in which it usually comes to rest - while his opponent looks for help from a higher power...

Said help takes on an increasingly miraculous appearance, to the extent of inanimate objects appearing to move in order to block the inspector's shots. However, when the vicar attempts to lie about the number of shots it took to free his ball from a sand trap he gets his comeuppance from a bolt of lightning.

In the final scene the entire game is revealed to have been a dream that the vicar had during a brief nap in church.


The word "rhubarb" is the only one uttered, many times over, in this film. (Likewise, the golf game takes place at the Royal Rhubarb golf course, and at one point a character is seen reading a newspaper called the Daily Rhubarb whose headlines consist entirely of the word 'rhubarb'.)

In the United Kingdom it is or was common for a crowd of extras in acting to shout the word "rhubarb" repeatedly and out of step with each other, to cause the effect of general hubbub. It was this use which inspired Sykes to use it as the only word in Rhubarb Rhubarb.


Hattie Jacques died between the making of Rhubarb Rhubarb and its screening.

See also[edit]


Rhubarb Rhubarb in the BBC Guide to Comedy

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