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Where’s Huddles? (CBS 1970 with Mel Blanc and Jean Vander Pyl)

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Hanna-Barbera produced this summer replacement series in hopes of bringing back to the regular schedule in the fall. Centered around the fictional football team the Rhinos, Where’s Huddles? told the story of star quarterback Ed Huddles and his pal Bubba McCoy. Much like Fred and Barney before them, these two friends couldn’t resist getting involved in some kind of scheme, most often in order to make some extra money. Presumably, the Rhinos were a semi-pro team, since the athletes were so strapped for cash.

Rhino coach Mad Dog Maloney was always available to yell at Ed on the field, and Ed’s wife Marge took over that duty at home, with assistance from annoying neighbor Claude Pertwee. The announcer on the show was voiced by real-life sports anchor, Dick Enberg.

Where’s Huddles? reunited many of the cast members of The Flintstones, including Alan Reed, Mel Blanc and Jean Vander Pyl. This reunion was obviously an attempt to recreate the prime time success of that prehistoric Hanna-Barbera predecessor, but the series failed to catch on and was never seen again after its summer run. Where’s Huddles? may not have been a Superbowl-sized success, but it did hold the distinction of being the last prime time cartoon for nearly two decades until The Simpsons came along.

Release History
7/1/70 – 9/9/70 CBS
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comedy
 Network
CBS
 Studio
Hanna-Barbera
 Cast
Ed Huddles Cliff Norton
Bubba McCoy Mel Blanc
Penny McCoy Marie Wilson
Claude Pertwee Paul Lynde
Mad Dog Maloney Alan Reed
Marge Huddles Jean Vander Pyl
Freight Train Herb Jeffries
Announcer Dick Enberg
 
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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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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

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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