Pass­port to Pim­lico

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The great TEB Clarke – writer of clas­sic Eal­ing Come­dies such as Hue And Cry, The Laven­der Hill Mob and The Tit­field Thunderbolt – strikes again with this rib-tick­ing ode to the hu­man spirit and post-war ra­tioning in Bri­tain.

Clarke’s story is set in the sup­pos­edly dark days just af­ter the Sec­ond World War, in a heav­ily bombed Lon­don bor­ough – where money is in short sup­ply, but hu­mour def­i­nitely isn’t.

Stan­ley Hol­loway (above left) is Pim­lico shop­keeper and all-round good egg Arthur Pem­ber­ton – a com­mu­ni­ty­minded man de­ter­mined to trans­form his Blitz-rav­aged lo­cale into some­thing to be proud of, but thwarted by a lack of funds. His neigh­bours’ for­tunes look set to change, how­ever, when an unexploded bomb goes up in smoke, ex­pos­ing a stash of buried trea­sure and an an­cient char­ter re­veal­ing that their homes in sunny Mi­ra­mont Gar­dens are, in fact, legally part of Bur­gundy and the Bri­tish government has no ju­ris­dic­tion .

Far from be­ing the an­swer to their prob­lems, this un­usual dis­cov­ery is just the start of them, as the lo­cals find them­selves swap­ping one set of red tape – those ra­tion books and ID cards – for an­other, in the form of Her Majesty’s Cus­toms and Ex­cise. Still, where there’s a will there’s a way, and at least they’ve got gin and crisps. Just be­cause there’s not a war on any­more, doesn’t mean there’s a lack of spirit. A typ­i­cally up­beat com­edy from the great Eal­ing Stu­dios.

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