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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: With that giggle from Sid James, I'd love to see Carry On Captain Tom continue


The life and times of Captain Sir Tom

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Mandy / Semi-Detached / Squeamish About …

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Captain Tom embodies a kind of ideal Britain. As historian and Daily Mail sage Dominic Sandbrook says, "He's like the secular version of the Queen."

According to evidence from Captain Sir Tom (ITV )’s The Life & Times, the centenarian who raised tens of millions for NHS charities during the lockdown is indeed like Her Majesty – but with a wicked sense of carry-on humor .

When studying a photo of himself as a young lieutenant in World War II while serving in India and the Far East, he stated, “I don't look like this now – but I did. I managed to get along with some of the girls. & # 39;

If positive thinking is the secret of his long life, he will see us all. Every story had a positive twist

If positive thinking is the secret of his long life, he will see us all. Every story had a positive twist

Then he told a mischievous story about how his war vacation would work to coincide with visits to a treasure in Bombay named Sylvia.

& # 39; Sylvia was happy. The brigadier was happy. I was happy. It was a pretty happy little thing. & # 39;

This charming optimism and good humor permeated the documentary, which was recorded during a day of conversation with the tirelessly talkative captain (now Colonel of Honor).

He lives by his motto, "We have so many people who think," Oh, it's awful, "but it's not. Things are getting better, they really are."

As historian and Daily Mail sage Dominic Sandbrook says, "He's like the secular version of the Queen." Captain Sir Thomas Moore was knighted by the Queen last month

As historian and Daily Mail sage Dominic Sandbrook says, "He's like the secular version of the Queen." Captain Sir Thomas Moore was knighted by the Queen last month

If positive thinking is the secret of his long life, he will see us all. Every story had a positive twist.

When he was a salesman in the construction industry after the war, he sped down the empty streets in his company car.

“I was only picked up twice for speeding. I should have been picked up hundreds of times! & # 39;

But his sense of humor is low on saccharin. He remembered his proposal to Pamela, the office manager 15 years his junior, at the age of 48 and snorted: "There was no knee or anything like that."

Her family did not approve of him because of his Yorkshire accent, he said. Pamela looked at him and thought: "Everything is better than nothing!" he chuckled.

Then, with a wink from Sid James, he hoped that no one was counting the number of months between their marriage and the birth of their first child.

& # 39; Some would have disapproved of it. But what did I care? & # 39;

As the whole country knows, Captain Tom is a tonic. Fans inundated him with gifts, from paintings to motorcycles, following his £ 32million heroics.

With a wink from Sid James, he hoped no one was counting the number of months between their marriage and the birth of their first child. Sid James is pictured above

With a wink from Sid James, he hoped no one was counting the number of months between their marriage and the birth of their first child. Sid James is pictured above

“Can you imagine £ 32 million in one big pile what it would look like? Unfortunately I didn't come to me! & # 39;

The captain can't fail to make us smile.

BBC2's comedy night is a hit-and-miss affair, but it's good that, after a long, barren patch, the Beeb is now producing enough new sitcoms and sketch shows to stage such a cavalcade.

Diane Morgan's limp creation Mandy (BBC2) started with a few stupid stories – one about a job in a banana factory and one that got her into a line dance marathon competition against arch enemy Maxine Peake.

Call me slightly pleased, but I cried with laughter at the sight of a woman with a beehive and a butt in her mouth squirting tarantulas onto a conveyor belt filled with imported fruits.

I laugh less at Semi-Detached (BBC2). It started well, but I'm starting to worry that Lee Mack – shaved off his one-liners – is a painfully exhausted sight. He has to be a lot more than just a character to whom things happen.

Matt Berry rounded off the evening with Squeamish About. . . (BBC2). It was fun for the first five minutes. Less would be more.

Crime Payout of the Week: Good news for fans of Jason Watkins. ITV has booked a second series of McDonald And Dodds in which he works as a gentle police sergeant for a quick detective (Tala Gouveia). The murder returns to Jane Austenland.

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