I really liked Blamire. Although I have never seen Michael Bates in anything else, what I appreciated was that, despite playing a fairly opinionated and domineering character, his acting was very subtle, a glance or a gesture can be as important as a good line, I think that is lost in modern acting.
As a child in America in the early 70's, the British warhorse from the Indian campaigns, always shouting, always trying to tell their memoirs, was probably the stock British character we were most exposed to, for example Comander McBragg from Tennesse Tuxedo/ Rocky and Bullwinkle, and a fixture in every murder mystery episode of any sitcom from that time period. I suspect the stereotype, besides being classified politically incorrect today, is dying out now and may not be as recognizable to the ever-younger demographic trying to be appealed to. I doubt the character of Blamire would have weathered as well as Clegg and Compo after 30 years.
I also always wondered if Rudyard Kipling had that classic British Indian accent, he's usually depicted as generally soft-spoken in keeping with the perception of how writers should be.
Only in recent years am I really loving the earliest seasons. WETA-UK is currently airing season three and I am loving it so much. It could be my new favorite season (although there is still season 8). I know episodes like The Great Boarding House Bathroom Caper were originally written with Cyril in mind. I would just love to see how some of these episodes would be with Cyril instead of Foggy.
Yesterday, they aired the "Kink in Foggy's Niblick." I can't imagine that was written for Cyril with a little more slapstick humor (Football scene and golfing on the stream). Or was it?