Sitcom The Incredible Mr Tanner told of the exploits of street entertainer and escapologist Ernest Tanner and his assistant Sidney Pratt. Ernest isn’t a particularly good escapologist, but the pair somehow manage to earn enough money to get by. When they’re not working, Ernest and Sidney spend their time in a seedy cafe run by Archie (Tony Melody).
The characters (with different names) were first seen in an episode of The Ronnie Barker Playhouse and the series Kindly Leave The Kerb.
Brian Murphy as Ernest Tanner
Roy Kinnear as Sidney Pratt
Tony Melody as Archie
Rosie Collins as Prudence
Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke
Producer and Director: Peter Frazer-Jones
Studio: ITV – Thames
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 February – 26 March 1981 Thursdays 8.00pm