Take one well known stage, film and TV personality – in this case Irene Handl – and cast her in the role of a friendly cockney charlady. Set the action in the offices of a London business firm, and have a murder committed within the opening moments of the play. Have the Detective Superintendent in charge of the case portrayed as a big, burly, miserable type to contrast with Irene’s lovable character. Then have her solve the case for him after sprinkling some red herrings along the way. The result was titled BUSYBODY and had quite a successful run a few years ago at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Now let a few years elapse and present a play called DEAD EASY. Cast Irene Handl in the role of a friendly cockney charlady.
Set the scene in the offices of a London business firm, and let her discover a dead body early in the proceedings. Let the Detective Superintendent in charge of the case be a humourless man who can’t solve the three murders that ensue, and let Irene solve the case for him.
With the exception of the various murders the two plays are almost identical. DEAD EASY is touring around and might reach the West End. Irene Handl gives yet another of her lovable, friendly performances, but other than that there isn’t much to recommend it.