Dennis Waterman entered the world of the sitcom with gently funny entry On The Up from the pen of the legendary Bob Larbey. Made in 1990 Waterman plays self made millionaire Tony Carpenter, an Eastender who is decidedly uncomfortable with his wealth, living in posh Esher whilst his no nonsense old mum won’t leave her run down East End home.
The series opens with Tony’s wife Ruth (Judy Buxton) walking out on him and much of the drive of this first series (6 episodes all on one disc) is their on and off relationship, they clearly still have feelings for each other but can’t seem to live together without having huge rows. The heart of the series though is Tony’s relationships with his live in hired help, there is Sam his Chauffeur and general aide de camp, Sam is Tony’s oldest friend having grown up with him, Mrs Wembley is the housekeeper who was fond of a tipple or six (“just the one dear”) and his PA is the Scottish Maggie who definitely has some kind of sexual chemistry thing going with her boss.
As with any Bob Larbey (the man behind The Good Life) there are plenty of funny moments and Waterman is a likeable lead.
There was an untransmitted pilot made for London Weekend Television in 1989 with Tony Selby in the main role of Tony Carpenter before the BBC took up the option to go to series.
UK / BBC One / 19×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 September 1990 – 2 November 1992
Writer: Bob Larbey / Theme music: The Guildhall String Ensemble / Music: Dennis Waterman, Ray Russell / Producer and Director: Gareth Gwenlan
Dennis Waterman as Tony Carpenter
Sam Kelly as Sam
Joan Sims as Mrs Fiona Wembley
Jenna Russell as Maggie
Judy Buxton as Ruth Carpenter
Dora Bryan as Tony’s Mum
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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