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Jo and Petunia:
Coastguard

Starring the voices of Peter Hawkins and Wendy Craig
1968 - Nicholas Cartoons

The sea is extremely choppy - there are high waves and a howling wind. A sailor in his dinghy has been caught in the storm and is clearly in trouble. Zoom in on the cliff-top where Jo and Petunia are enjoying a picnic. He has a pair of binoculars and she is holding an ice cream cone, which she licks, noisily…

Jo and Petunia (16K)

Petunia:

Oh, it's ever so nice and peaceful up here, Jo. Nice view, too.

Jo:

Aye, very nice, Petunia. And look at that nice little boat. He's having a lot of fun out there in his little dingy [sic]. That's what they call them, you know, "sailing dingies".

Petunia:

Aren't they nice people at our hotel, Jo?

Jo:

Heh-heh! Hello, now he's splicing his main brace.

Petunia:

Though I don't think the man on table number six is very nice.

Jo:

Do you think he's in trouble, Petunia?

Petunia:

Oh no, Jo. He's just enjoying himself on holiday.

Jo:

Oh, he's decided to have a swim.

Sailor is tossed overboard

 

Now he's going to climb back again. I expect that water's a bit cold, don't you?

Sailor is tossed overboard again

 

Oh, he's changed his mind. Now he's waving to us. Coo-eee! I can't say I recognise him, though.

Petunia:

Well he must know us. Maybe he's the gent on table number six?

Jo:

No, it's not him he's mu... Oh! Now he's shouting. Er... LOVELY DAY, IN'T IT?

Sailor:

HELP! HELP! Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Jo:

I can't hear a word he's saying, you know.

Jo reads the speech bubble above the sailor's head

Jo:

"HELP!! - DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD"

Well, I never!

Jo rushes to the telephone box and calls the coastguard

Sailor:

If you see a boat you think maybe in distress...

"DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD".

You can see this Public Information Film on
the "Charley Says..." video and DVD.

>> This film was updated and re-issued in 2006. Gone are Jo's knotted hankie headgear and Petunia's union flag bag. And instead of dashing to a phone box, Jo now calls for help on his mobile phone. Compare the 21st-century version of the Coastguard film with the original from 1968 for yourself at the COI Fillers website.

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