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Adventures Of Brigadier Wellington-Bull, The (BBC 1959, Alexander Gauge, Valerie Singleton)

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Sitcom The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington Bull detailed the efforts of a newly retired Brigadier as he tried to adjust to civilian life.

Across the course of the episodes Wellington-Bull got involved with jewel thieves, beautiful film stars and Soho restauranteurs.

Besides Alexander Gauge the main cast featured Donald Hewlett as a former soldier Wellington-Bull had under his command and future Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton as his daughter.

The series was given a prestigious Radio Times cover for it’s premiere episode. In a small feature in the same Radio Times series creator Austin Melford explained the motivations of his hero saying that every large family had a Brigadier Garnet Wellington-Bull in it. A blunderer who is convinced he is always right. Always had advice to offer and always waded into any situation without thinking through the consequences.

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Melford also said that the military background of series star Alexander Gauge has been a major plus in the writing of the episodes, suggesting that he had Gauge in the mind for the role from the get-go.

Theme music was by Trevor H. Stanford who usually performed under the stage name Russ Conway.

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UK / BBC / 5×30 minute episodes / Friday 12 June – Friday 17 July 1959

Writer: Austin Melford / Producer: Ronald Marsh

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ALEXANDER GAUGE as Brigadier Garnett Wellington-Bull
VALERIE SINGLETON as Jane Wellington-Bull
DONALD HEWLETT as Capt ‘Snooty’ Pilkington


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