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Ideal (BBC-3 2005-2011, Johnny Vegas, Nicola Reynolds)

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In sitcom Ideal Moz is a small fry drug dealer living an inner city life. Moz has no ambitions beyond spending a quiet life dealing cannabis to a small group of friends and acquaintances. His key drugs supplier is a local copper called PC who spends more time doped than straight.

Season two advanced the plot with Moz’s long term girlfriend, Nicki, about to give birth, but the father could be any one of three men. Is Moz really about to become a dad for the first time and, if so, will imminent parenthood force him to rethink his choice of career? Probably not..

On Wednesday 28 December 2005 @ 8.30pm BBC-3 showed Three’s Outtakes which featured an interview with Vegas about Ideal and various bloopers.

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UK / BBC3-Baby Cow Productions / 53×30 minute episodes / 11 January 2005 – 30 June 20011

Writer: Graham Duff with additional material by Tony Burgess / Executive Producers: Kenton Allen, Steve Coogan, Henry Normal / Associate Producer: Johnny Vegas / Producer: Ted Dowd

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Johnny Vegas as Moz
Nicola Reynolds as Nicki
Tom Goodman-Hill as Policeman (PC)
Sunetra Sarker as Sungita
Ronny Jhutti as Kuldip
Sinead Matthews as Jenny
James Foster as Cartoon Head
Natalie Gunmede as China
Rebecca Atkinson as Asia
Jason Manford as Jack
Ben Crompton as Ben

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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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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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