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Whack-O BBC

Whack-O! is a British sitcom TV series starring Jimmy Edwards, written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, and broadcast from 195660 and 197172.

The series (in black and white) ran on the BBC from 195660 and (in color) from 197172. Edwards took the part of Professor James Edwards, M.A., the drunken, gambling, devious, cane-swishing headmaster who tyrannized staff and children at Chiselbury public school (described in the opening titles as "for the sons of Gentlefolk"). The Edwards character bore more than a passing resemblance to Sergeant Bilko as he tried to swindle the children out of their pocket money to finance his many schemes.

The first six episodes were subtitled "Six of the Best". In 1959 a film was made based on the show, called Bottoms Up!. The series was revived in color with updated scripts in 197172, slightly re-titled Whacko!. In all, it ran for a total of 60 episodes, with 47 of black-and-white and 13 color, of 30 minutes each. There were three special shorts. There was also a radio version, on the Light Program, 45 episodes of 30 minutes broadcast from May 1961 July 1963, with Vera Lynn starring as herself in the second episode. Many of these radio episodes were recovered by a BBC archivist from a listener's collection of tapes in 2012. [wikipedia]

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