Thursday, December 17, 2009

TV 020: Budgie (The Loner) - Nick Harrison

Nice but dim.
That was Budgie, a likeable petty criminal, played to perfection by Adam Faith for two series in the early 1970s.

His mentor was the hectoring and bumptious Charlie Endell (Iain Cuthbertson giving it socks) while his long-suffering (what other type is there?) girlfriend Hazel (Lynn Dalby) provided suitable eye candy and a dose of realism for some of Budgie's far-fetched business ideas.

God, this one really made me laugh. Especially the dodgy mags smouldering on the football pitch and the blue movie that turned out to be slapstick in the form of "Lorne 'n 'Ardy".

The theme tune is taken from the Standard library and was composed by Nick Harrison. It was replaced by a much less memorable effort for the second series.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

Budgie (The Loner)


Reimer said...

Thanks a lot - have loved this theme since first seeing this series repeated on Granada mid-80s

Haven't got the full theme from 'Charles Endell Esq' have you?

nlgbbbblth said...

Hi Reimer. You're welcome. Still trying to locate a useable Charles Endell theme.

Folky Mick said...

thanks for this theme.
does anyone have video of the channel four repeats of this cracking series?

nlgbbbblth said...

Hi Mick, I remember the repeats but didn't tape them. Have the DVDs from Network alright.