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More We Are Together, The (ITV 1971, Betty Marsden, Avril Angers)

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Sitcom The More We Are Together detailed the tangled relationships of four friends. The series was quite near the knuckle for its planned time slot and several regions ended up showing it later at night rather than it’s initial Saturday teatime one. In fact some regions pulled the series after four episodes. Episode titles like Crumpet Voluntary and The Lodger and the Pill give an indication of intent.

No explanation was given but Kenneth Watson replaced Victor Brooks as Wally Dunk for the final two episodes.

From the original publicity…. Most of us have relations, most of us have friends and most of us have neighbours – and most of us rub along quite well together. But when the friend is also the lodger, the relation is the neighbour, the lodger is the friend of the husband, and the neighbour is the relation of the wife, “rubbing along” can produce a few sparks – as well as a great deal of confusion.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 30 January – 6 March 1971 Saturdays at 5.10pm

Writer: Robert Storey / Executive Producer: John Duncan / Producer: Ian Davidson / Director: Mike Bevan

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BETTY MARSDEN as Norma Dunk
AVRIL ANGERS as Doris Tingle
ROY BARRACLOUGH as Frank Wilgoose
VICTOR BROOKS as Wally Dunk (Episodes 1-4)
KENNETH WATSON as Wally Dunk (Episodes 5-6)

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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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