From 1958 to 1978 the Carry On films held up a mirror to English society, its institutions and its rapid changes. National Service ended, the National Health Service expanded rapidly, the sexual revolution arrived, the country faced bouts of industrial strife and working-class families started to holiday abroad.
The low-budget series was produced by Peter Rogers, directed by Gerald Thomas, and written initially by Norman Hudis and later by Talbot Rothwell. The other regulars include Terry Scott, Jack Douglas, David Lodge, Leslie Phillips, Patsy Rowlands- and guest star leads by Frankie Howerd, Eric Barker, Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins, Angela Douglas, Shirley Eaton, Liz Fraser, Dilys Laye, Valerie Leon, Bob Monkhouse, Cecil Parker, Jacki Piper, Norman Rossington, Wilfred Hype-White, June Whitfield, plus German Elke Sommer and American vaudeville, burlesque and television legend Phil Silvers. The films were loose plotted and gag filled; they were basically send ups of two types: 01. institutions and genres, and 02. historic periods and figures.
Carry On also produced 4 hugely popular record-breaking Christmas specials for tv- their debut broadcast in 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973; and a 13 episode anthology series in 1975. Over the years, the major (and in later shows- remaining) cast toured the regions with stage revue shows all in the comic tradition of the music halls and seaside postcards. The nudge-nudge-wink-wink later gave way to more explicit gags- many featuring nudity- frequently by flaming Williams and sexpot Windsor. The last in the series' long run took off on the X-rated Emmanuelle (1974) earning a R-rating.
#1 CARRY ON SERGEANT (1958)
#9 CARRY ON SPYING (1964)
#18 CARRY ON AGAIN DOCTOR (1969)
#24 CARRY ON ABROAD (1972)
#27 CARRY ON BEHIND (1975)
#28 CARRY ON ENGLAND (1976)
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