For many a long year, Redvers Potter has been head of the family firm –
Pottermints (the hotter mints!). A man used to being obeyed, he is
authoritative and decisive. At 58, he has decided to sell the business. Mrs.
Potter, who has had the dubious honour of holding her position for some thirty
years, has taken to vodka at the prospect of having her husband at home all day.
She has long dreaded his retirement and is learning to cope with the extra time
he now has to ignore her – or alternatively to advise her how to do things he
should be doing himself.
Not unnaturally, with time now on his hands, he tends to interfere with other
people's lives: “I'll help people. That's what I'll do. They are usually
simple creatures; bloody idiots most of them,” or rather, as his neighbours
see it, “probe his nose into other people's business!” Potter's enthusiasm
for ‘helping others’ though is equalled only by his ineptitude in
The brilliant Arthur Lowe (DAD'S ARMY) creates the perfect, pompous
portrayal of Redvers Potter in this classic BBC comedy series from the prolific
pen of Roy Clarke (OPEN ALL HOURS, KEEPING UP APPEARANCES). Noel Dyson (FATHER,
DEAR FATHER) is his long-suffering wife, with comedy favourite John Barron (YES,
MINISTER, THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN) as the vicar – his friend and
drinking companion who shares a similar philosophy to Potter's, and Harry H.
Corbett (STEPTOE & SON) as villain Harry Tooms.
In 1982 after two hilarious series, Arthur Lowe sadly passed away – just
as a third series of POTTER was in pre-production. Too advanced to be cancelled,
Robin Bailey (RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY) stepped into the role for a further seven
episodes – all of which are included in this release as a bonus.
So prepare to be organised by POTTER, with his unique ability to create havoc
where peace once reigned!