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Hardwicke House (ITV 1987, Roy Kinnear, Roger Sloman)

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Sitcom Hardwicke House detailed life for the besieged staff of a comprehensive school. The series turned into a hot potato, following the 60 minute opener and 1 other episode, there were numerous complaints and ITV pulled the series. The remaining five episodes have yet to be seen.

Tapping into that every present 1980’s anarchy/alternative comedy stream (indeed one of unseen episodes featured Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall as a pair of borstal boys) Hardwicke House wouldn’t raise an eyebrow these days of course but at the time seeing teachers portrayed in such fashion was a little too much for TV tastes at the time,

The first episode was a fifty minuter introducing all the crazy teachers and episode two aired the following night but in an interesting case of people power and lots of complaints ITV’s exec’s decided to pull the plug.

production details
UK / ITV -Central / 1×50 minute episodes 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 24-25 February 1987

Writers: Richard Hall, Simon Wright / Producer: Paula Burden / Director: John Stroud

cast
Roy Kinnear as R G Wickham
Roger Sloman as Paul Mackintosh
Pam Ferris as Cynthia Crabbe
Granville Saxton as Herbert Fowl
Gavin Richards as Dick Flashman
Duncan Preston as Erik ‘Moose’ Magnusson
Tony Haygarth as Harry Savage
Nick Wilton as Peter Philpott
Kevin Allen as Slasher Bates
Liz Fraser as Agnes
Micky O’Donoughue as Ernie
Paul Spurrier as Spotty

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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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