The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull

1959 | United Kingdom

Sitcom following the adventures of a retired Army Brigadier, Garnet Wellington-Bull, a widowed career soldier who, now retired, is trying to come to terms with life on civvy street but not finding it very easy. He stumbles from one mishap into another and has to rely on a young officer, Sooty Pilkington played by Donald Hewlett (It Ain't Half Hot Mum) who previously served under him and his daughter Jane Wellington-Bull played by an actress billed in the Radio Times as a "bright-eyed television newcomer", Valerie Singleton. 

The Brigadier was played by Alexander Gauge, best known for playing Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood from 1955 to 1960. Gauge was born in a Methodist Mission in China and, before coming to Britain, went to school in California. He had been acting in plays on Broadway since 1945, often in Shakespearean roles. Although he often played sinister roles in his early films, he also seemed to display a gift for comedy. The same year that Robin Hood finished Gauge died (aged 46) from an overdose.

Published on November 26th, 2018. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.