The Frankie Howerd Show (1976)

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Best known to international audiences for his irreverent "historical" sitcom Up Pompeii, British comedian Frankie Howerd headlined a number of other equally chucklesome TV efforts. One of these was The Frankie Howerd Show, which aired not in England but was beamed out to Canadian audiences by the CBC. The premise: Frankie played "himself," an unemployed immigrant who moved into a Canadian boarding house. Constantly seeking the quickest and easiest means to improve his lot, and incidentally making "ad-libbed" comments to the TV audience all along the way, Howerd had to contend with such wacky fellow boarders as Wally Wheeler (Jack Duffy) -- who lived in the house's basement to escape from his ex-wife -- and buxom model Denise (Peggy Mahon), whom Frankie ogled at every opportunity. Also known as Oooh, Canada, The Frankie Howerd Show was telecast from February 26 to June 5, 1976, as a brief 13-week replacement for the long-running King of Kensington.