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Rock And Chips (BBC-1 24 Jan 2010, Nicholas Lyndhurst)

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In Rock And Chips a fun prequel to Only Fools and Horses we travel back to February 1960 when Joan Trotter (Del and Rodney’s mother), unhappy with her lot married to loafer Reg, meets crook Freddie Robdall who promises her the life she yearns for. Delboy meanwhile, thanks to Denzil who works at the dockyards, is making inroads into his new career as a supersalesman, convinced that one day he will be a millionaire.

Fabulous idea this, great to see all the back room boys from OF&H working on this and especially good to see Rodney ie Nicholas Lyndhurst playing his own father Freddie Robdal. The time period is spot on too, so many times in the original Fools and Horses is there talk of the good old days and when Del was a lad that it already feels like we know what the gang were upto in their youth. See also Five Gold Rings and The Frog and the Pussycat.

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UK / BBC One – Shazam Production / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 24 January 2010 @ 9.00pm

Writer: John Sullivan / Executive Producers: John Sullivan, Mark Freeland / Producer: Gareth Gwenlan / Director: Dewi Humphreys

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NICHOLAS LYNDHURST as Freddie Robdal
KELLIE BRIGHT as Joan Trotter
PHIL DANIELS as Ted Trotter
SHAUN DINGWALL as Reg Trotter
JAMES BUCKLEY as Del Trotter
STEPHEN LLOYD as Boycie
LEWIS OSBORNE as Trigger
ASHLEY GERLACH as Denzil
LEE LONG as Jumbo Mills
CALUM MACNAB as Roy Slater
JONATHAN READWIN as Albie Littlewood
PAUL PUTNER as “Jelly” Kelly
EMMA COOKE as Reenie Turpin
ROBERT DAWS as Ernie Rayner
ROGER GRIFFITHS as Clayton
JODIE MOONEY as Pam
KATIE GRIFFITHS as Glenda
BILLY SEYMOUR as Raymond
COLIN PROCKTER as Mr Johnson
BOBBY BRAGG as Don
ALISON PARGETER as Val

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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

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Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

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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

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

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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

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

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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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