e.phemera: Get Well Soon

Opening up a random page of my copy of The Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy once more, I stumbled upon the entry for …

Get Well Soon

I’ll be honest, I only vaguely remember watching this one when it was on in 1997, and it pains me that I can’t remember much of it. Get Well Soon is written by Ray Galton and John Antrobus, and it’s set in a sanatorium in 1947. The main character Roy Osborne, played by Matthew Cottle, is checked in by his mother because he has TB.

What’s interesting about the concept is that this is how Ray Galton met his writing partner Alan Simpson, and together they went on to write Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son.

Annoyingly, I can’t find any clips of the show. But The British Comedy Guide says:

Whilst Get Well Soon does not, somewhat unsurprisingly, reach the lofty heights of brilliance that were the haven of Steptoe & Son and Hancock’s Half Hour, it is certainly a very good and often very funny programme in its own right. It won’t be remembered as a classic (in fact, it’s hardly remembered at all), but it is deserving of more recognition than it receives.

Shame. Anyone remember watching it?

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