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Ball Four (CBS 1976, Jim Bouton, Bill McCutcheon)

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Short lived boundary pushing sitcom Ball Four detailed the exploits, mainly locker room, of the staff and players of a baseball club. The series was based on a book by Jim Bouton, who also starred here. The team, the Washington Americans, were somewhat put out when one of the players, Jim Barton, decides to write a tell all series of articles for Sports Illustrated.

The series, which only lasted five episodes, was boundary pushing because here was a baseball team with the lid off and touched on subjects such as homosexuality, drug use and sex.

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Bill McCutcheon as Coach Pinky Pinkney
Ben Davidson as ‘Rhino’ Rhinelander
Jim Bouton as Jim Barton
Marco St. John as Rayford Plunkett
Jaime Tirelli as Orlando Lopez
David Carroll as Bill Westlake
Jack Somack as ‘Cap’ Capogrosso
Samuel E. Wright as C. B. Travis
Lenny Schultz as Lenny ‘Birdman’ Siegel

crew details
Creator: Jim Bouton, Vic Ziegel, Marvin Kitman
Producer: Don Segall

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: CBS
Duration: 5×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 1976

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

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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 Рor 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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