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Cold Comfort 

When environmentalism concerns lead to Grace Brothers shutting off its heat for a day - Britain's coldest winter day - the staff improvise new ways to stay warm.


Harold Snoad (uncredited)


Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Trevor Bannister ... Mr. Lucas
Mollie Sugden ... Mrs. Slocombe
Frank Thornton ... Captain Peacock
John Inman ... Mr. Humphries
Wendy Richard ... Miss Brahms
Arthur Brough ... Mr. Grainger
Nicholas Smith ... Mr. Rumbold
Larry Martyn ... Mr. Mash
Harold Bennett ... Young Mr. Grace
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Elsie
Helen Lambert Helen Lambert ... Gladys
Robert Mill Robert Mill ... The Customer
Carolyn Hudson Carolyn Hudson ... The Customer
John Baker John Baker ... The Customer


Due to the fuel economy crisis in the country, Grace Brothers has turned off the heating for the day. But, as Mrs. Slocombe says, "It's like an igloo in 'ere!" Management has ordered no heating devices behind the counter, but the staff can't bear it and sneak in items to keep their circulation going. However, if Captain Peacock finds out, it could lead to a chilly meeting in Mr. Rumbold's office. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Release Date:

21 March 1974 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was inspired by the real life miners' strike during the winter of 1974, which led to power cuts, a 3-day work week, and eventually to a new government. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: Oh, good morning, ladies.
ElsieGladys: Morning.
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: How are we this morning?
Elsie: Me shammy's gone stiff.
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Cold Comfort delivers warm laughs
27 August 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Ahead of the release of the new episode of the great comedy, I've spent a weekend watching as much of the show as I can, several episodes stand out, and Cold Comfort in particular, it is hilarious, these early episodes had such a quality to them, the scripts were tight, somehow less farcical, the performances just joyful. I think in the second series there had been a recognition of the quality of John Inman, and a realisation of the popularity of his character Mr Humphreys. I understood that series one focused primarily on Mr Lucas, I think you start to see a bit of a shift here.

When Mr Lucas appears in his skating gear, Mr Humphreys shouts out, oh look it's Sonja Henie, just a hilarious line. it is full of genuinely funny one liners, I know it's a cliché, but they don't make 'em like this anymore.

I also love that it contains so much content as to what was going on in the country around the time, fuel reserves being low etc.


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