Sergeant’s ma­jor faux pas

8 years ago

TV Times - - Magic Moments -

f all the dances per­formed in se­ries six of Strictly Come Danc­ing, few were as en­ter­tain­ing as John Sergeant’s hi­lar­i­ous paso doble with long-suf­fer­ing part­ner Kristina Ri­hanoff.

OStrictly That look of hor­ror on Manuel’s face as he emerged from the kitchen scream­ing, his jacket smok­ing from the fire he’d started, was for real. ‘I was start­ing to smoul­der and was re­ally in pain,’ An­drew Sachs re­called in his 2014 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy I Know Noth­ing!. ‘I had be­come a vic­tim of over­con­fi­dent so-called stunt ex­perts.’

When An­drew re­moved Manuel’s waiter’s uni­form, he found his arm had been burned red raw. ‘John made a great fuss, quite rightly,’ the ac­tor con­tin­ued. ‘I was sent to a doc­tor in Har­ley Street who told me I’d have scars for the rest of my life. The sum to­tal of the BBC’S com­pen­sa­tion

came to £700.’

A warm wel­come from the staff of Fawlty Tow­ers

John de­cided it was no jok­ing mat­ter

can be a real drag

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