I Didn't Know You Cared
Tales From Witney Scrotum
Tales of life with the Brandon family and in particular Uncle Mort and his nephew Carter.
I'm surprised at the lack of Web material for this cult BBC2 TV series in
the late 70s, based on the books. (Shown on UK Gold early in 1995 and again in 1996.)
I think the series suffered from starting at about the same time as the
Last Of The Summer Wine on BBC1 (also set in Yorkshire but with a broader appeal; started 1972).
- Book: A Touch Of Daniel
1968 Hodder & Stoughton
- Book: I Didn't Know You Cared
Hodder & Stoughton 1973
- Book: Call It A Canary
1985 Macmillan (hardback)
1986 Sphere (paperback)
- Book: Uncle Mort's North Country
- BBC2 TV: I Didn't Know You Cared
1975 - 1979?
- BBC Radio: I Didn't Know You Cared
- BBC Radio: Uncle Mort's North Country
- Book: Uncle Mort's South Country
- Tapes: Uncle Mort's North Country
1990 BBC Enterprises ZBBC 1103
- BBC Radio: Uncle Mort's Celtic Fringe
- First Season - 1975
- Robin Bailey: Uncle Mort
- Stephen Rea: Carter Brandon
- John Comer: Leslie Brandon
- Liz Smith: Annie Brandon
- Anita Carey: Pat Brandon
- Bert Palmer: Uncle Stavely (I 'eard that, pardon?)
- Second Season - 1978
- Keith Drinkel: Carter Brandon
- Liz Goulding: Pat Brandon
- Third Season(?) and radio
- Peter Skellern: Carter Brandon
Wonderful spoof cricketing tales told by the Brigadier, based on life in Witney
Scrotum and in particular its cricket club. Full of references to
cricketers past and present and public figures in general.
- Articles in The Cricketer magazine
- Book: Tales From A Long Room
- Double cassette: Tales From A Long Room
1990 BBC Enterprises ZBBC 1021 (with Robin Bailey as the Brigadier)
- Book: More Tales From A Long Room
- Book: Tales From Witney Scrotum
- BBC2 TV: Tales From Witney Scrotum
Late 80s - a short series of short episodes (15mins?), starring Robin Bailey as the Brigadier.
- Book: The Brigadier In Season
- Book: The Brigadier Down Under
- Book: The Brigadier's Brief Lives
- Double cassette: Tales From The Brigadier
1993 BBC Enterprises ZBBC 1344 (with Richard Wilson as the Brigadier)
The Brigadier In Season / The Brigadier Down Under
- Book: Collected Tales from a Long Room
Extract from Tales From Witney Scrotum
The Brigadier meets the author off the train at Graveney Junction...
The headlamps of the trusty Lanchester picked out the startled eyes of badger
and hare and Minor Counties umpires up to no good.
We passed through the villages of Milton Abbas and Milton Arthur.
We wheezed our way slowly up the steep incline out of Crowe Magna and at the
summit paused to give a moment's respite to the panting Lanchester.
And there below us slumbering peacefully in the damp tuck of the valley lay the
village of Witney Scrotum.
I could dimly make out the lights of the Golf Ball Museum and the glow from the
eternal bonfire in old Grannie Swanton's garden as she burned yet another
remaindered copy of Miss Jilly Cooper's The Book Of The Green Wellie.
The Brigadier handed me his hip flask filled to the brim with home-made gin
distilled, as he told me later, from a pair of redundant binoculars, and
presently we commenced the descent into the village.
How familiar the scene.
How the heart soared and fluttered as we entered the outskirts of Witney Scrotum.
Nothing had changed.
Oil lamps burned faintly in the windows of the cottages of the long-defunct
gimlett and tremlett makers, who once long ago in the days of their prime
had supplied the implements for toad circumcision the length and breadth of the nation.
We passed the water meadows at Cowdrey's Bottom, skulking darkly in the deep
black shadows cast by the massive buttresses of Botham's Gut.
The night shift at Fearnley's Mill was hard at work turning out yet another
special consignment of thatched space invader machines for the Belgian royal family.
The village idiot, old Ben Stansgate, was relieving himself contentedly in the
Ned Sherrin memorial horse and cattle drinking trough outside the Baxter Arms.
Old Squire Brearley sat high astride the wrought iron gates outside his
exquisite Queen Anne mansion baying at the moon, and outside the Cricket Bag
Repository Prodger the poacher waved gaily at us and exposed himself.
- Book: The Stirk of Stirk
- Book: Mog
- Book: Except You're A Bird
- Book: Hayballs
- Book of TV series: The Home Front
1982 Granada 0-586-0570702
- A Night Out In Uttoxeter, Staffs
- BBC Radio: Visiting Julia
- Reports from the Brigadier in The Cricketer magazine.
Thanks to : John Day, Keith Baylis, Jacqui Barnes
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