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Big Deal (BBC-1 1984-1986, Ray Brooks, Sharon Duce)

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Drama series Big Deal followed gambling addict Robby Box is determined to give it all up for the sake of his relationship but cannot resist the big game or the main race.

Big Deal was a popular enough series albeit quite a downbeat one, a rare chance for the excellent Ray Brooks (beloved by generations as the voice of Mr Benn) to shine in a lead role and with a well remembered theme tune from Bobby G (better known as Bobby Guppy from Bucks Fizz).

production details
UK / BBC One / 30×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 October 1984 – 4 November 1986

Writer: Geoff McQueen / Script Editor: David Crane / Theme Music: Bobby G / Incidental Music: Harry South (of The Sweeney fame) / Producer: Terence Williams

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RAY BROOKS as Robby Box
SHARON DUCE as Jan Oliver
LISA GEOGHAN as Debby Oliver
JAMES OTTAWAY as Tommy
STEPHEN TATE as Dick Mayer
PAMELA CUNDELL as Vi Box
ANDY MULLIGAN as Geordie
KENNETH WALLER as Ferret

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 14 October – 30 December 1984
1. RED LADY, BLACK NIGHT
2. ONE GOOD TURN OVER…
3. A RAGGED RUN
4. SOME YOU WIN…
5. LUCK OF THE IRISH
6. FIGHTING CHANCE
7. VIDEO MAN
8. CASH FLOW
9. NINE BOB NOTES
10. HOME AN’ DRY

SEASON TWO 3 September – 5 November 1985
1. DOWN AND UNDER
2. GETTING KNOTTED
3. WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?
4. POPPING ACROSS THE POND
5. BREAKTHROUGH
6. GUV’NOR
7. PARTNERS
8. THE RABBIT AND THE HARE
9. WINDFALL
10. I GOTTA HORSE

SEASON THREE 2 September – 4 November 1986
1. THE BIG SLEEP
2. THE Z TEAM
3. DEALS ON WHEELS
4. TUPPENCE COLOURED
5. THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG
6. PANEL MONEY
7. FOLLOWING IN THEIR FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
8. PLAYING THE ACE
9. THE BIGGEST DEAL
10. INNOCENT O.K.?

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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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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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