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Desmonds (Channel 4 1989-1994, Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe)

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Sitcom detailing the exploits of Desmond Ambrose the West Indian proprietor of a barber shop in the heart of Peckham. Desmond’s was something of a gathering place for a motley crew of West Indian ‘philosophers’ like Porkpie (Ram John Holder).

Not a lot of haircutting goes on, but everyone gets together and has a good time putting the world to rights.

Desmond’s wife Shirley was also a regular and was usually on hand to rustle up something for the hungry customers to eat.

The series was deservedly very popular for Channel 4 and offered up a great chance for Norman Beaton to take centre stage.

There was a sequel called Porkpie spinning off on one of the main characters.

Desmonds

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UK / Channel 4 – Humphrey Barclay Productions / 70×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 January 1989 – 19 December 1994

Creator: Trix Worrell / Music: John Collins Lyrics by Trix Worrell and theme sung by Norman Beaton / Producer: Humphrey Barclay

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NORMAN BEATON as Desmond Ambrose
CARMEN MUNROE as Shirley Ambrose
RAM JOHN HOLDER as Porkpie
ROBBIE GEE as Lee
GYEARBOUR ASANTE as Matthew
KIM WALKER as Gloria Ambrose

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