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Cuckoo Waltz, The (ITV 1976-1980, Diane Keen, David Roper)

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Very fondly remembered mid 1970’s sitcom The Cuckoo Waltz starred likeable David Roper, a sexy Diane Keen and a pre-professionals Lewis Collins.

The series follows the trials and tribulations of newlyweds Chris and Fliss Hawthorne who are living the suburban life with their twin babies and a huge mortgage. Their happy little household is turned upside down though when newspaper reporter Chris lets his best mate Gavin move into the spare room.

Gavin has just been “kicked out” by his wife and seems more than happy to get back into the single life, made easier no doubt by the fact that the executive Gavin is pretty well off and loves to let people know it. Chris and Fliss barely have two pennies to rub together whilst Gavin is all leather jackets and flash cars. He also quite fancies Fliss! It’s this “cuckoo in the nest” scenario that drives most of the humour naturally.

It’s actually a charming series, written by Geoffrey Lancashire (writer of many classic Coronation Street episodes and father of Sarah Lancashire), with a classic 70’s vibe. There are lots of nice touches from the deck chairs as the sofa to the Chris-Fliss-Kiss moments.

There was a three year gap between seasons 3 and 4. Lewis Collins had become a massive star by this stage thanks to The Professionals and didn’t appear. Chris and Fliss got a new lodger in the shape of Ian Saynor played by Adrian Locket.
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UK / ITV – Granada / 26×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 27 October 1975 – 7 August 1980

Creator: Geoffrey Lancashire / Writers: Geoffrey Lancashire, John G. Temple / Producers: Bill Gilmour, Brian Armstrong, John G. Temple,

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Diane Keen as Fliss Hawthorne
David Roper as Chris Hawthorne
Lewis Collins as Gavin Rumsey (seasons 1-3)
Clare Kelly as Connie Wagstaffe
Ian Saynor as Adrian Lockett (season 4)
John McKelvey as Austen Tweedale

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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

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

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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

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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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