Letter to Blanchy was a rural comedy co-written by and starring legendary comedy duo, McPhail and Gadsby. In this excerpt from episode A Serious Undertaking, the clan lose one of their own. Afterwards, mates Derek, Barry and Ray struggle to make the necessary arrangements, and to have the difficult conversations — partly due to poor organisational skills and general social awkwardness. The narration is a letter written to Blanchy, a friend living in the relative sophistication of Christchurch. Thos episode was directed by Ian Mune (Came a Hot Friday). The show ran for three seasons.
Well he was bought up in the depression...Badly wounded in the war. When he got back his wife ran off with that panel-beating fella. Then the plumbing business went through in the fifties, and uh, last year he lost his caretaking job.– Ernie (Roy Wesney) replies to Barry (Jon Gadsby) asking if Ron had a good life
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Closing credits song 'Look on the Bright Side' sung by Hammond Gamble