Post by Donald MacDonald on Feb 26, 2008 16:36:00 GMT
I’ve always thought it a shame that there were no commentaries on the Monarch of the Glen DVDs Earlier I was listening to the commentary for the Doctor Who story “The Pirate Planet” which was released last year as part of “The Key To Time” box set. On that commentary Tom Baker recalls the recording of a scene from Monarch Series 7, Episode 3…
Last year I was in Monarch of the Glen and I had to improvise a scene where a tiger or something got into the house, it was a colossal cat. And I had to improvise the whole scene saying, “hello puss, who’s a lovely girl thingy, what a lovely, lovely girl thingy,” and it was terribly good. Anyway, when they cut, the whole crew burst into applause and the director said, “fantastic Tom, that was just fantastic.” And the whole cast were there in this room and I’d saved everybody’s lives from this fierce cat.
And then the director said, “that was just wonderful, what did you say?” I told him and he said, “oh, we’ve got to go again Tom,” and I said, “why, why have we got to go again?” And Susan Hampshire said to me, “now Tom, you know exactly why we’ve got to go again, it was all that 'girl thingy'!” I said, “what do you mean?” She said, “this is Monarch of the Glen: 'kitty' good, 'girl thingy' bad!” ;D
P.S. I apologise if anyone thinks it a bit rude but the DVD was a PG ;D And just to prove a point, the forum changed 'girl thingy' to 'girl thing', I had to add a couple of speach marks to keep the word in! So Susan Hampshire is right again!!!
I actually heard Tom tell the same story, on Johnathan Ross's late night program, shortly after Monarch finished. He told it with such an Innocent expression on his face, typical Tom eh. The audience was in stitches.
Actually we were just watching this episode in the last day or two!!!
Just watch "Are You Being Served?" and I doubt if there is an episode without the word 'girl thingy' being used!! I understand it was slipped into an early episode and brought such great response that it was then brought in most, if not all, following episodes!!!