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Abbott And Costello Show (MCA 1952-1954 with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)

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The Abbott and Costello Show stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as themselves as out-of-work actors. Plots were bare-boned to allow them to perform all of their famous skits, such as “Who’s on First” or “The Moving Candle.”

In the second season, some of the supporting cast was let go, and sensing they were running out of material, producer Jean Yarbrough did something that a few of today’s producers should learn from: he hired a writer (Clyde Bruckman) to create new material. It worked.

Although critically lambasted, the show was popular in its initial run and was one of the most popular reruns of early television. It was followed in 1966 by an animated version of the same name. Although Lou Costello died in 1957, Bud Abbott was still alive and provided the voice of his character.

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USA / CBS – MCA – Revue / 52×30 minute episode / Broadcast 1952-1954

Writers: Eddie Forman, Sid Fields, Clyde Bruckman, Felix Adler, Jack Townley / Producers: Pat Costello, Alex Gottleib / Producer and Director: Jean Yarborough

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BUD ABBOTT as Bud
LOU COSTELLO as Lou
SID FIELDS as Sid
HILARY BROOKE as Hilary
JOE BESSER as Stinky Jones

 

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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Combat Sheep

One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

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CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

crew details
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

crew details
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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