Friday, March 27, 2015

Bootle Saddles (TV)

Bootle Saddles – English title

A 1984 British TV production [BBC (London)]
Producer: David Askey
Director: David Askey
Teleplay: Ray Mansell (1936-2014), Paul Benn
Photography: [color]
Music: ?
Song: “?” sung by ?
Running time: 6 episodes x 30 minutes

Percy James – Kenneth Cope
Isabel James – Anne Carroll
Betty James – Debbie Arnold (Jeanette Arnold)
Tom Henderson – John Normington
Rita Henderson – Shirely Stelfox
‘The Kid’ – Gordon Rawlings (Gordon Rollings)
Cyril – Robert Owen
Bert – Mike Walling
Salesman – William Ilkley
With: Joe Gladwin, Jack Russell

'Bootle Saddles', was a television series that poked gentle fun at British Wild West enthusiasts. Men from all walks of life - bank managers, salesmen, doctors - who choose to spend their weekends dressed as cowboys, pretending to shoot one another with toy Colt 45's.

“Set in 'Apache Wells', a Wild West theme park run by northerner Percy "Call me Jesse!" James, his wife and sexy daughter Betty, it featured a motley group of characters learning the ways of the Old West. The quality of the writing and acting was extremely good. Gordon Rollings made one of his final appearances as 'The Kid', an elderly man dressed in black who never spoke and walked around with a gun in one hand and ear trumpet in the other. A one-joke show perhaps, but a very funny one. The B.B.C. didn't seem to know what to do with it, and put it out on B.B.C.-2 where it was unjustly ignored. It deserved a far better reception” – Shade Grenade  from Ambrosia

Episodes Season 1: 1) Apache, 2) Of Mayors and Horses, 3) Beseiged, Bothered and Bewildered, 4) Wagons Ha!, 5) Only the Stars and the Wind, 6) Here’s Looking at You Kid

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