Faces of Jim

Faces of Jim

Faces of Jim was a black-and-white British comedy television series starring Jimmy Edwards, June Whitfield and Ronnie Barker, with each episode being an individual half-hour sitcom. The first series aired as The Seven Faces of Jim, the second as Six More Faces of Jim and the third series as More Faces of Jim. All the episodes were written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.

Cast

Episodes

Series One (1961)

Title Airdate Overview IMDb link
The Face of Devotion 16 November Jim (Jimmy Edwards), a simple and honest garage owner, fears he is losing his wife (June Whitfield) to ballroom dancing. Guest starring Victor Silvester.
The Face of Genius 23 November Jimmy Edwards plays a scientist who has to deal with a "thing" from out space. Guest starring Dick Emery, Paul Eddington and Prunella Scales.
The Face of Power 30 November Jimmy Micklethwaite (Jimmy Edwards) is a maker of gas mantles in Victorian Britain who has done very well, despite a militant workforce led a character played by Ronnie Barker. However, the invention of electric lighting destroys him. Guest starring Toke Townley.
The Face of Dedication 7 December The saintly village doctor (Jimmy Edwards) holds a secret from his past, and this may be exposed upon the arrival of a smiling stranger. Guests starring Richard Waring and Amanda Barrie.
The Face of Duty 14 December The retired Wing Commander Frobisher (Jimmy Edwards) runs a mini-cab company who with his assistant (June Whitfield) try to guide back their driver (played by Richard Briers) who is lost in the fog in their one and only vehicle.
The Face of Guilt 21 December Caleb Tregarthen (Jimmy Edwards) owns a lighthouse in Cornwall is visited by Hannah Pengallon (June Whitfield), the sister of the previous lighthouse keeper who disappeared the year before. Guest starring Richard Briers.
The Face of Enthusiasm 28 December A theatrical agent (Jimmy Edwards) has a flash of inspiration that then enables him to predict the incoming trends in popular entertainment. Guest starring Richard Briers, Amanda Barrie and Melvyn Hayes.

Series Two (1962)

Title Airdate Overview IMDb link
The Face of Fatherhood 15 November Adapted from the radio series Take It From Here, Edwards and Whitfield reprised their characters from that, and Ronnie Barker played Ron Glum. In 1978, the Glum reappeared on TV in The Glums. Guest starring Brian Oulton.
The Face of Retribution 22 November The village grocer Jim discovers that he can read people's minds, and is appalled that his family thinks he needs medical help. Jim soon starts to use his gift to make money. Guest starring Richard Waring and Donald Hewlett.
The Face of Wisdom 29 November Doc Jamieson (Jimmy Edwards) lives in Java and, unlike his younger colleague, understand the power of the local witch doctor (Ronnie Barker). Guest starring Jimmy Thompson.
The Face of Perseverance 6 December James Bonnet is determined to marry off his six daughters and hosts and grand ball, and then tries to trick the unsuspecting bachelors into comprising positions with his daughters. Guest starring Richard Waring, Patrick Newell, Eunice Black and Arthur Ridley.
The Face of Loyalty 13 December During the war, Monger's Maraunders were a crack commando unit. Twenty years later they are brought together to aid their Colonel with one more daring mission. Guest starring Patrick Newell, Pat Coombs and Vic Wise.
The Face of Tradition 20 December Jim is very proud of the family tradition of a pantomime horse act called the Withers Brothers and Dobbin. However, his younger brother Sid wants to work in the mainstream theatre, and walks out on their partnership. They are reconciled when Jim marries Sid's replacement Gloria. Guest starring Patrick Newell.

Christmas Special (1962)

Title Airdate Duration Overview
The Christmas Face of Jim 25 December Short Part of Christmas Night with the Stars; Like The Face of Fatherhood, this featured the Glum family. During a Christmas party, Ron and Eth try to complete a crossword while Pa makes advances towards a neighbour.

Series Three (1963)

Title Airdate Overview IMDb link
A Matter of Amnesia 28 June Dr Brunner (Ronnie Barker), a psychiatrist, has to unravel the puzzle of a patient (Jimmy Edwards) who is suffering from amnesia.
A Matter of Growing Up 5 July Mr Padgett (Jimmy Edwards) finds that fatherhood is not rewarding thanks to his son Lennie (Ronnie Barker), who performs a hormone operation on a potted plant. Guest starring Derek Nimmo.
A Matter of Spreadeagling 19 July Jimmy Edwards plays Roman Emperor Hadrian, June Whitfield plays Rowena, a hostile Saxon leader and Ronnie Barker plays Lascivius, a lovelorn lieutenant. Guest starring Edwin Apps.
A Matter of Upbringing 26 July Big Jim Paxton (Jimmy Edwards) is a professional wrestler who has sacrificed the best years of his life to give his sons the advantages he did not have. Guest starring Amanda Barrie and Patrick Connor.
A Matter of Espionage 13 December The retired secret agent Fleming (Jimmy Edwards) has made a startling discovery about an incident that happened during the war. He then tries to use the information to return to active service and to work for is old chief Sanderson (Ronnie Barker).
A Matter of Empire 9 August Sir James Chubb (Jimmy Edwards) is the Governor-General of Mandinao, a tropical island, who is threatend by the arrival of a crusading politician Butters (Ronnie Barker). However, Madame Soo (June Whitfield), the owner of a local teahouse, has a plan to help Chubb.

References

  • Mark Lewisohn, "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy", BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2003

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