Who is Frank Spencer?

Ooh Betty! As he makes his triumphant comeback for Sport Relief, here's everything you need to know about the hapless Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em star

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Frank Spencer was the main character in 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

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Frank was known for his trademark beret and rain mac.

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Frank was played by Michael Crawford, who you may also know from…

Phantom of the Opera…

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And that film Wall-E really loves…

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The film’s called Hello Dolly and the song is Put On Your Sunday Clothes.

But probably not Condor Man…

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Frank was a little bit camp and known for catchphrases like “Ooh, Betty”…

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…and “the cat”s done a whoopsie in my beret”.

During the 70s every impressionist on TV – and there were a lot of them – used to do Frank Spencer, mostly by putting on a beret and a mac and saying “Ooh, Betty!”

Betty was Frank’s loyal but long-suffering wife

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Betty was played by Michele Dotrice.

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Frank was well meaning but hapless; a one-man disaster area…

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He was always trying out new jobs to support his family, and always losing them after getting into scrapes like this…

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…and this…

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Frank loved his baby daughter Jessica and used to sing lullabies to get her to sleep…

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Jessica was always represented by some random footage of a baby that had clearly been shot in a completely different place and time…

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The theme tune to Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em was as brilliantly haphazard as Frank himself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxamCCjDl3Q

Like Jackie Chan, Michael Crawford was known for doing all his own stunts. Look at this amazing action montage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STM086bsTS0

And, at the age of 74, he’ll be doing this for Sport Relief

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Please give generously, Frank and Betty really need the money…

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