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montage of Wendy Richard images from "No Blade of Grass"

No Blade of Grass movie
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NBOG is the only movie role Wendy had where she does not appear as a brunette (she wore a black wig to play the part of Clara Pirrie).

The first image is a montage of video clips. The following three are from lobby cards (large photos on cardboard distributed by the MGM studio to theaters showing the movie).

The first B&W card is one of the best photos I've seen of Wendy in character. The 2nd B&W shot is cropped from a lobby card and emphasizes Wendy, of course. The last card (in color) is intriguing, for Wendy's character is shown here with glasses, though during no scene in the actual movie can she be seen wearing the specs. Were those Wendy's own glasses, inadvertently left on during the publicity shot?

Wendy Richard with Anthony May in "No Blade of Grass"

No Blade of Grass movie
(44k)

Wendy Richard in "No Blade of Grass"

No Blade of Grass movie
(54k)

Wendy Richard in a publicity still from "No Blade of Grass"

No Blade of Grass movie
(73k)


  Wendy Richard and Nigel Davenport in a publicity photo for "No Blade of Grass" (1970)

No Blade of Grass movie
(132k) 

This pair of images are of a very rare official MGM publicity photo of Wendy, with Nigel Davenport.  The first pic is the pub pic itself; the second is a closeup of a quite handsome 27-year-old Wendy.  
Close-up of Wendy Richard in the role of Clara Pirrie, 1970

No Blade of Grass movie
(237k) 


  Wendy Richard as Edith, and her beau

Dad's Army: "Two and a Half Feathers"
(110k)

a Wendy Richard montage from "Dad's Army" episode "Mum's Army"

Dad's Army: "Mum's Army"
(100k)


montage of Wendy Richard images from "Up, Pompeii"

Up, Pompeii!
(78k)

In Up, Pompeii, one can see that yellow suited Wendy's complexion quite handsomely.

The second, black-and-white photo is a posed publicity still from this time.  Fairly rare previously, many 8x10 hardcopies have recently become available via auction to benefit various charitable causes.

Remaining even rarer is this other black and white photo.  Though it is clearly from the same session, the viewpoint and Wendy's pose are subtly different.

Wendy Richard, reclining, wearing a short dress, in a publicity photo from 'Up Pompeii, 1970.

Up Pompeii!
(54k)

A second publicity photo of Wendy Richard, reclining, wearing a short dress; from 'Up Pompeii, 1970.

Up Pompeii!
(81k)


thumbnail montage of Wendy Richard photos from "Carry On Again Christmas"

Carry On Again Christmas.
(93k)

This hour-long show was broadcast in black and white. The color shot here is almost certainly a publicity still from the set. The other actor is Sid James.

Wendy said that she wore a dark wig for the part.

Wendy Richard as an 18th Century serving wench

Carry On Again Christmas.
(48k)

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publicity photo of Wendy Richard and Albert Finney on the set of "Gumshoe"

Gumshoe
(78k)

In 1971 Ms. Richard made Gumshoe with Albert Finney. This seemed to be the movie that won her the most recognition, though her presence on-screen was far shorter than in No Blade of Grass.

The top photo is a publicity still from the movie's set. Interestingly, note there is a third person present (standing beyond Finney), who is not an actor in this scene. This pegs the shot as a specialty take, done either during a dedicated photo op or a dress rehearsal.

Wendy Richard montage of images from "Gumshoe" (1971)

Gumshoe
(91k)

   

  Montage of images of Wendy Richard from 1971 in "Please, Sir!"

Please, Sir: "The Pruning of Hedges"
(96k)

Thanks to Charles for confirming which series and episode these images came from.

One may also find a wallpaper of Wendy in this show in the Art section of the Gallery (look for wall #9). 

Wendy Richard peeks around a door in "Please, Sir!"

Please, Sir: "The Pruning of Hedges"
(20k)


Wendy Richard's character and the bus inspector

On The Buses movie
(26k)

As far as I can tell, this is the only role Ms. Richard had in the 1970s which was shot completely outdoors.

The black and white image is a lobby card for the movie.

Wendy Richard's character with constable

On The Buses movie
(45k)

Wendy Richard's character wondering who these odd people are and why would they steal her laundry

On The Buses movie
(27k)

Wendy Richard in a lobby card from "On The Buses"

On The Buses movie
(21k)


A montage of snaps of Wendy Richard as Elsie the clippy as she checks out the photo of the evening's "entertainment"

On The Buses: "The Busman's Ball"
(70k)

In 1971 Ms. Richard did her work on the On The Buses movie before doing this television episode.

Wendy Richard as Elsie, examines some photos, to the inspector's great discomfort

On The Buses: "The Busman's Ball"
(38k)

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Wendy Richard as Carol, reprimanded by her boss

Bless This House
(27k)

Wendy Richard as Carol, considering her options

Bless This House
(27k)

Wendy Richard as Carol, making a career-threatening move

Bless This House
(45k)


Montage of Wendy Richard images from "Fenn Street Gang", late 1972.

The Fenn Street Gang:  "Is That A Proposal, Eric?"
(103k)

Wendy's work in The Fenn Street Gang was first aired in early 1973, but was filmed in late 1972.  The first photo here is a montage of images from her episode.  The second photo is a posed publicity shot of the three actresses:  Carol Hawkins in the black and white swimsuit; Sandra Bryant in orange; and 29-year-old Wendy in a backless white suit.

Clearly, Hawkins looks the worst in this publicity shot.  The huge ghastly wig and obviously heavy make-up are a real shame -- in reality, the actress was quite naturally attractive (as is more evident in the montage images).  Her look here was actually part of the storyline, as the other two contestants had convinced her to tart herself up in order to have any kind of chance at winning, though of course their intent was really just to sabotage the poor girl.  In any case, it's too bad the look has been preserved forever in this photo.

A careful look at Wendy's left hand shows her to be wearing the same style ring on her little finger as she does 25 years later during EastEnders.
Publicity phot of Carol Hawkins, Sandra Bryant, and Wendy Richard.

The Fenn Street Gang
(154k) 


Wendy Richard as Miss Willing, and her new baby

Carry On Matron
(38k)

Wendy Richard as Miss Willing, and her new baby

Carry On Matron
(41k)

Wendy Richard as Miss Willing, showing off her baby

Carry On Matron
(48k)


Wendy Richard as Shirley, from the 'Are You Being Served' pilot

AYBS? (pilot)
b/w (39k)

The series Are You Being Served? kicked-off in 1972. The un-titled pilot episode was indeed shot in color in May of that year, but apparently has been lost; only a black-and-white version has ever been broadcast. The second image here is the only color shot I've ever seen of Ms. Richard from that series pilot. It appears as an illustration in The 'Are You Being Served?' Stories book.

Wendy Richard as Shirley at her counter

AYBS? (pilot)
color (17k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley, checking her numbers

AYBS? (pilot)
b/w (46k)


Wendy Richard as Edith at the party

Dad's Army: "The King Was In His Counting House"
(99k)

Wendy Richard as Edith takes cover

Dad's Army: "The King Was In His Counting House"
(38k)

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Wendy Richard as Shirley arrives at work

AYBS?: "His And Hers"
(93k)

Early in 1973, Wendy learned that AYBS? had been picked up by the BBC as a series. These episodes were a few of those first that helped propel her to national recognition as Miss Shirley Brahms.

Wendy Richard as Shirley asks 'What's your game?'

AYBS?: "Camping In"
(48k)

Wendy Richard as a surprised Shirley

AYBS?: "Diamonds are A Man's Best Friend"
(49k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley mulls it over

AYBS?: "Dear Sexy Knickers"
(56k)


Wendy Richard as Ida Downs of Bristol

Carry On Girls
(70k)

The gentleman with Wendy in the third photo is the late Peter Butterworth, who played "The Admiral", one of the permanent residents of the hotel where the beauty contest is to be held.

The second (bottom-most) lobby card is interesting because this exact shot does not appear in the final version of the movie. It's taken from a different angle than the motion picture camera, but also Wendy (in the red one-piece swimsuit) is a few steps further down the ramp then in the 'official' scene. This is the infamous "muck" scene, of which she spoke with some regret in her memoirs.

Wendy Richard and Sid James

Carry On Girls
(90k)

Wendy Richard watching a catfight in "Carry On Girls"

Carry On Girls
(107k) 

Wendy Richard watching a catfight in "Carry On Girls"

Carry On Girls
(86k)

Wendy Richard as Ida Downs

Carry On Girls
(55k)

Wendy Richard as Ida Downs

Carry On Girls
(22k)

Wendy Richard as Ida Downs

Carry On Girls
(38k)

Wendy Richard in a beauty pageant line-up in "Carry On Girls"

Carry On Girls
(64k)

Wendy Richard slipping down a muddy ramp during "Carry On Girls"

Carry On Girls
(51k)


Montage of Wendy Richard images from Dad's Army "My British Buddy"

Dad's Army: "My British Buddy"
(95k)

A close look at the third (bottom-most) photo reveals a number of oddities.  For one thing, the guy with his hand on Wendy Richard's left shoulder is definitely not dressed for early 1940s Britain!  Second, the Yank in the foreground has an extremely modern and expensive wristwatch for an enlisted soldier.  Third:  what in the world is "Horder Scotch Whisky"??
Wendy Richard as Shirley, with Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring.

Dad's Army
(91k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley, enjoying the cmpany of the Yanks 

Dad's Army
(101k)

 

Montage of Wendy Richard images from "The Dick Emery Show", circa early-1970s.

The Dick Emery Show: "The Milkman"
(70k)

1973 is only a guess at the year when Wendy did this short stint on The Dick Emery Show.

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Wendy Richard's Shirley publicity shot 1974

AYBS?: publicity still
(43k)

The first image is not from any particular episode. I'm guessing it is from early 1974, based on Wendy's appearance.

Wendy Richard as Shirley thinking ill of middle management

AYBS?: "Big Brother"
(22k)

Wendy Richard as a chilly Shirley

AYBS?: "Cold Comfort"
(55k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley in a low-cut red dress

AYBS?: "The Clock"
(18k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley, arms crossed, wonders how longer she can put up with it all

AYBS?: "The Clock"
(55k)


Wendy Richard with the staff of Grace Bother's in conference (posed)

AYBS?:  "The Clock"
(94k)

At first glance, this pair of images might appear to be duplicates, but look closer!  Frank Thornton's glasses and Trevor Bannister's handkerchief are missing in the top (black and white) photo.  Less obvious is the different way Wendy's blouse collar is arranged.  The top photo was probably a posed publicity shot; the bottom (color) image is the actual scene from the show.

Wendy Richard, again in conference, but with subtle differences (color)

AYBS?:  "The Clock"
(67k)

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the Christmas party does not impress Wendy Richard as Shirley

AYBS?: "Christmas Crackers"
(51k)

1975 saw Ms. Richard in good form in many of the AYBS? episodes. A notable exception, however, was in "Christmas Crackers", this year's Xmas production. During the show, her demeanor and bearing seemed markedly out of character.

In contrast, the shot from "German Week" is one of the finest of Ms. Richard, showing off her fine complexion and winning smile.

Wendy Richard as Shirley showing where the nuts go

AYBS?: "German Week"
(57k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley contemplates the construction site

AYBS?: "New Look"
(39k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley explains her position

AYBS?: "The Hand of Fate"
(71k)


Wendy Richard as barmaid Dorris

Not On Your Nellie: "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
(58k)

The first photo shows Wendy, as barmaid Doris, with actor John Barrett, who played Jed Pickersgill in the series.

In the montage, the very short lady with Wendy is Hylda Baker.

Wendy Richard in a montag of 'Not On Your Nellie' scenes.

Not On Your Nellie: various episodes
(98k)


Wendy Richard as Pearl in "Hogg's Back", 1975

Hogg's Back
(41k)

All of these shots are from various television schedule magazines of 1975.  The latter two, obviously the same photo, were used in Dutch publications about ten years apart, though your webmeister suspects the base image was originally shot as a publicity photo for the series.
Wendy Richard as Pearl in "Hogg's Back", 1975

Hogg's Back
(47k)

 
Wendy Richard in a possible publicity photo for "Hogg's Back", 1975

Hogg's Back
(20k)

Close-up of Wendy Richard in the same photo for "Hogg's Back", 1975

Hogg's Back
(32k)

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Wendy Richard as Shirley : who, me?

AYBS?: "Fifty Years On" (59k)

Shortly after the episodes of the '76 television season were in the can, Ms. Richard embarked on the theatrical version of AYBS?

Wendy Richard as Shirley

AYBS?: "The Father Christmas Affair" (49k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley attired fantastically

AYBS?: "Top Hat and Tails"
(60k)


Wendy Richard in a publicity photo of cast members for "Are You Being Served?" stage play:  John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Nicholas Smit, Wendy Richard, and Frank Thornton.

AYBS? - the play (117k)

 Since the cast members here are probably not in character for this photo, then strictly speaking it should appear in the Herself gallery.  But since it was shot at the play's venue in the Winter Pavilion, Blackpool, likely in late 1976, your webmeister has elected to include it with Wendy's work photos.

Note she is wearing the same dress as in this more casual photo which appeared in a magazine early the next year. 


Possible publicity photo of Wendy Richard for appearance on game show Celebrity Squares, 1976

Celebrity Squares (37k)

This was likely a publicity photo rather than a take from the game show's set, but it still gives an idea of Wendy's lovely looks.

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Wendy Richard as Shirley arranging stock at Grace Brothers

AYBS?: The Movie
(46k)

Ms. Richard completed her AYBS? cinema film this year as well as making yet another series of episodes for television.

The fifth (black & white) image is also a publicity shot, distributed as an 8 x 10 glossy.

Wendy Richard as Shirley unhappy with how her holiday is progressing

AYBS?: The Movie
(42k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley in formal attire

AYBS?: The Movie
(36k)

Wendy Richard, as the Ladies Sales Assistant, casually dressed and on holiday

AYBS?: The Movie
(36k)

Wendy Richard as a miling Shirley

AYBS?: The Movie
(27k)


Wendy Richard as an alluring Shirley, with cigarette holder

AYBS?: The Movie
(56k)

In this set of black & white pictures (some of which also appear in the Rigelsford AYBS? book), Ms. Richard is attired as Shirley Brahms, yet none of these are from any scene in the movie.

 New data  The first two attractive shots were probably intended specifically as publicity stills, as was the third image with co-star Trevor Bannister.  The bottom three pics seem to be more impromptu 'behind the scenes' shots.  The last photo appears to show Wendy being interviewed by a real-world journalist on-set and in-costume.  The next-to-the-last shot is a cute one showing Wendy puffing on a cigarette in a holder while reading a newspaper (interestingly, without her glasses).

Wendy Richard as Shirley in posed shot from the movie

AYBS?: The Movie
(65k)

Trevor Bannister is all hands with Wendy Richard

AYBS?: The Movie
(114k)  New data

Wendy Richard and Nicholas Smith take a break between shooting scenes

AYBS?: The Movie
(62k)

Wendy Richard reads a paper and smokes between shooting scenes for the movie

AYBS?: The Movie
(51k)

Wendy Richard gives an interview to a reporter during a break in shooting

AYBS?: The Movie
(65k)


A publicity still of the movie's cast looking upward

AYBS?: The Movie
lobby card
(109k) 

A pair of lobby cards from the movie.  The top is from a scene very close to the end; the bottom is from near the start.

A close-up of Shirley Brahms (Wendy Richard) from the above lobby card

AYBS?: The Movie lobby card (detail)
(68k) 

Lobby card of cast in flight boarding line

AYBS?: The Movie lobby card
(120k) 


A publicity still of the movie's cast boarding an airplane

AYBS?: The Movie
(31k)

These two images from the movie provide an interesting -- though hardly surprising -- comparison of a publicity shot of the cast and the respective caricature of it done for use as a lobby poster. Note Wendy's dramatic transformation.

poster with a drawing of the cast boarding an airplane

AYBS?: The Movie lobby poster
(56k)


Wendy Richard as Shirley in her fur coat and hat

AYBS?: "Mrs. Slocombe Expects"
(62k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley dressed to the nines

AYBS?: "Take-Over"
(26k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley goes hip

AYBS?: "The Old Order Changes"
(48k)


Wendy Richard as Shirley, with friends on publicity outing in Holland for 'Are You Being Served?"

AYBS? publicity photo
(58k)

Probably shot in early 1977, this is an excerpt from a photo of Wendy with her colleagues from Grace Brothers during a publicity tour of the Netherlands.  Though still relatively unknown in the US, by this time AYBS? had apparently already created a splash with the Dutch television audience.

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Wendy Richard as a happy Shirley

AYBS?: "The Club"
(66k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley in bridesmaid pink

AYBS: "Do You Take This Man?"
(75k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley standing

AYBS: "Many Happy Returns"
(56k)

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Wendy Richard as Shirley, dressed for washing up, smiling and holding a porcelain frog

AYBS?: "Whatever You Can Do"
(96k)

The first (top) image here isn't a screen grab, but rather a publicity photo of Wendy, about Nov '79, kitted out as Shirley. Notice what she's holding in her left hand? Cute touch, that; and indicative of the sort of small clues about herself that Wendy occasionally brought along to the shows that she appeared in.

Wendy Richard as Shirley in conference

AYBS?: "The Apartment"
(59k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley with flower in her hair

AYBS?: "The Agent"
(24k)

Wendy Richard as Shirley likes the idea

AYBS?: "Strong Stuff This Insurance"
(56k)


B&W publicity pix of Wendy Richard on game show "Definition"

Definition
(69k)

 


Wilburforce and Shirley (Wendy Richard) flogging yarn

AYBS?-themed advertisement
(84k)

Besides her television work, Wendy also took the opportunity  (probably in late 1978) to do this advertisement that appeared in the Jan 79 issue of Margriet, a Dutch women's weekly magazine.   John Inman's presence is clearly meant to recall their roles on Are You Being Served?, and this reinforces the series' popularity in the Netherlands at this time.  Considering the product, it is not surprising that both Wendy and John appear wearing knitted sweaters . . .

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