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IT AIN'T HALF HOT MUM 1974-81

"MEET the gang cos the boys are here - the boys to entertain you..."

Windsor Davies and his "lovely boys" were the mainstay of the hit '70s comedy show It Ain't Half Hot Mum, about an army concert party serving in India during World War Two.

The show took its name from the contents of letters written home by Gunner Parkin, one of the Royal Artillery Concert Party.

Davies played Sergeant Major Williams, who took great delight in making the lives of his charges - whom he considered to be a "bunch of pooftahs" - as miserable as possible.

The one notable exception was Parkin, played by Christopher Mitchell, who, in the Sgt Major's eyes, had a fine pair of shoulders and always set a good example to the rest of the unit.

The bane of his life was the cross-dressing Bombardier `Gloria' Beaumont, played by Melvyn Hayes and `Mr La- de-dah Gunner Graham', played by John Clegg.

He also made it his mission to make the diminutive Don Estelle, who played Gunner "Lofty" Sudgen, the butt of all his jokes.

But it was the local wallahs, who considered themselves to be true Brits, who provided the seriously politically incorrect humour.

Many of the cast have gone on to lead `restful' lives as actors. Estelle, who, along with Davies, topped the charts in 1975 with Whispering Grass, was last seen selling tapes of his music from a stall in a Midlands shopping centre.

Davies has had a varied career and was last on screen in the BBC's Vanity Fair - playing a soldier again. Hayes popped up recently in Drop the Dead Donkey as Sir Gordon Miller, the brave man who married Sally Smedley.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 26, 1998
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