In the TV sitcom Father, Dear Father, Patrick Cargill played a divorced author who finds himself responsible for the welfare of his two irrepressibly mischievous teenage daughters (Natasha Pyne (left) and Ann Holloway who were both in their mid 20s at the time).
A couple of years ago now I uploaded this very cute threat from the movie version which has garnered a helluva lot of hits on Youtube – more than many of my clips with actual spanking in them.
I knew there were more such moments in the TV series, but while it was a ratings topper in its day, it never seemed to get repeated or made available as a dvd until recently when the complete set was finally released. So after some consultation with Harry, I ordered series 4.
Whilst almost every episode of FDF had spanking potential, the Network DVD write up for The Reluctant Runaway would attract your attention even if you didn’t have prior knowledge:
The Reluctant Runaway: There comes a time in every young girl’s life when her father puts his foot down with a heavy hand.
Bit of a mixed metaphor there but sure enough this episode is awash with talk of “smacked bottoms” and ends with a scene that is almost identical to the clip from the film. So now, for the first time since a rather heady July evening in 1971, I can enjoy the edited highlights from The Reluctant Runaway,
and so can you…