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Holding The Fort (ITV 1980-1982, Peter Davison, Patricia Hodge)

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Sitcom Holding The Fort saw Russell Milburn staying at home bringing up baby and running his own small brewery business in the basement whilst his wife Penny works for the army.

The character of Fitz (general help and hindrance in equal measure to Russell) later garnered his own spin off called Relative Strangers which saw Fitz’s teenage son turn up announced.

Holding The Fort was the first sitcom to make it to air for classic writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 20×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 September 1980 – 29 August 1982 Three seasons

Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Music: Denis King / Producer: Derrick Goodwin

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Peter Davison as Russell Milburn
Patricia Hodge as Penny Milburn
Matthew Kelly as Fitz
Christopher Godwin as Capt Hector Quilley
Katie Louise Reynolds as Emma Milburn
Victoria Kendall as Emma Milburn
Maev Alexander as Jennifer Quilley
Christopher Benjamin as Col Aubrey Sanderson
Brigit Forsyth as Annabel Chesterton
Keith Barron as Terence Chesterton
Arwen Holm as Dr Heather Wolstenholme

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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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