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The Plank

A masterclass in visual humour from Eric Sykes, who wrote and directed this dialogue-free caper. Sykes needs one last plank of wood to complete a flooring job, and the film follows its thrill-packed journey from timber yard to building site. He stars with Arthur Lowe, and the wonderful guest cast includes Deryck Guyler, Frankie Howerd, Hattie Jacques, Diana Dors, Reg Varney and Charles Hawtrey, tx 17/12/1979. Sykes aficionados will remember that this is actually a remake of his 1967 film of the same name, which co-starred Tommy Cooper and was produced by Thames' antecedent ABC-TV.