Talking Pictures TV just keeps getting better and better. In addition to continuing Laurel & Hardy screenings, they’ve now added the classic films of Will Hay to their roster.
Hay’s succession of incompetent authoritarians – policemen, firemen, railwaymen and most especially, schoolmasters – are simply brilliant character portraits, and remain surprisingly relevant today. Hay’s talents, along with those of sidekicks Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt, director Marcel Varnel, and scriptwriters Val Guest, Marriott Edgar and J.O.C Orton, produced the best British comedies of the pre-war era. Tune in and catch Will on Thursdays and Saturdays during March & April (details below), and for more info on Hay’s career, there’s an overview here.