I don't know where I got the idea that Clarke had pulled the plug. The abruptness is more in line with BBC doing this and makes more sense.
Funny thing. The liverwurst and onion sandwich backfired and woke me up at 2 a.m. Couldn't get back to sleep, so started scripting how I would have ended the show: Marina gets a man, Pearl mellows out and Howard settles down, Alvin marries Stella, the ever-hungry policemen (great schtick) are promoted to sergeant - or get an armored car, Miss Davenport marries Hobbo - who is then called away on a mission to Albania - he really WAS a hitman for Primrose Dairies, etc., etc. It was nearly daylight before I nodded off. Come to think of it? That would make a great separate thread - "How would you have ended the run?"
PBS out here has started re-runs, with Brian Wilde as the third man. I don't know why, but neither the wife or I just don't like Compo - the wife sees him as a bum, I get tired of his crude ways. I find myself tuning out unless some of the later characters are in it.
Indeed. We really started to enjoy the show when Truly of the Yard showed up (memories of Are You Being Served), as well as the other off-the-wall characters. Thoroughly enjoyed Russ Abbot as Hobbo - great characterization. Hated to see Keith Clifford (Robin Hood descendent) leave. And, for some reason, I really LIKED Glenda and Barry and wish they were shown more. (I suspect she'd really look great if she let her hair down. She was pretty foxy in a couple of scenes when she turned the charm on Barry.)