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When production of Confessions of a Plumber’s Mate was cancelled, Rosie Dixon unknowingly marked Columbia Pictures’ last foray into British sex comedy. Arriving at the station, they get into the first car they see – which just happens to belong to a funeral party. The guest stars (both in and out of bed) are of the usual Columbia calibre. Many faces are re-used from previous Confessions episodes, notably Liz Fraser as a dizzy housewife obsessed with winning newspaper competitions and John Le Mesurier as head surgeon Sir Archibald (more interested in the 3.30 at Newmarket than whipping out an appendix).

In August 1977 Belling told Screen International; “I’ve seen a lot of 18-year-old scrubbers in the last 18 months, but when we found Debbie Ash we knew she was right!”. The three mourners in Confessions from a Holiday Camp were all played by real-life siblings of Doris Hare. Major Argyle was a circuit judge for 18 years who vigorously spoke out against permissiveness and pornography. He famously presided over the Oz magazine obscenity trial, handing out severe prison sentences and pronounced publicly, “I will not tolerate filth!”. Confessions from a Holiday Camp is a 1977 is the fourth and last film in the series of risque comedy films that began with Confessions Of A Window Cleaner. The sight of him rolling around in an electric wheelchair, pinching bums and leering his way through his final performance as a hospital patient is almost painful, not to mention somewhat ironic, considering Askey had both legs amputated shortly after the film was made.

Timmy has an unfortunate accident when he is seduced by a shapely woman (Penny Meredith) in the sauna – in his passion, he burns his bum on the brazier and flees in agony. He is seen, but not recognised, by Whitemonk and Brigitte, who think he is a streaker. Inspired by primetime medical soap Dr Kildare, starry-eyed 18-year-old virgin Rosie Dixon (Ash) decides to become a nurse and enrols at nearby St Adelaide’s Hospital. The harsh reality of life on the wards is somewhat different from television, however, since the nurses are dominated by a tough, unfeeling Scottish Matron (Beryl Reid – wonderful as usual). California Suite (1978) Four groups of visitors stay at the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel and are forced to deal with problems ranging from a…

Adventures Of A Taxi Driver (1976) Girls and trouble are inseparable for young London taxi driver Joe North (a miscast Barry Evans) who uses his job… Confessions from a Holiday Camp has the honour of being possibly the only soft porn movie to star John Junkin AND have a theme tune by The Wurzels (Give Me England) . So, porn with a touch of humour, you might say . . . and without a touch of porn. In no time at all, Dad has the widow and her fellow mourners singing along in a rousing chorus of My Old Man Said Follow The Van.A fifth and a sixth film, Confessions of a Plumber's Mate and Confessions of a Private Soldier, had been planned in 1977. Filming was set to begin on Plumber's Mate at the end of February 1978. Robin Askwith even expressed a desire to direct Private Soldier, but neither film materialised (the former became Adventures of a Plumber's Mate). In November 1977 the studio cancelled plans for future films. Columbia Pictures president David Begelman, who had been very supportive of the British film industry and who had green-lit the first film, had been implicated in a cheque-forging scandal and either quit or was fired. His successor had no interest in financing low-budget, profitable British films. Producer Michael Klinger rejected a script for Confessions from a Haunted House. Plans to shoot a Direct to Video film in the 1980s also came to nothing, as did a proposed 1992 film, Confessions of a Squaddie, with action due to take place in post-Gulf War Kuwait. Life is just a bowl of grapes for Timmy Lea (Robin Askwith) and his brother-in-law Sid (Anthony Booth) as they lie in the sun at the Funfrall Holiday Camp. As Entertainment Officers, their job is largely about keeping themselves entertained. The Confessions films relied on a blend of saucy humour and ‘What the Butler Saw’-style smut (much loved by the Carry On team). The Night The Prowler (1978) This unusual Australian psychological drama stars Kerry Walker as Felicity Bannister, a lumpish, neurotic Sydney girl living with her middle-class…

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