Fancy Wanders (ITV 1980, Dave King, Joe Marcell)

In this surreal sitcom unemployed Fancy spends his time philosophising about life. Fancy (Dave King) and his friend Alastair (Joe Marcell) wander through the town they live in, discussing life and all of it’s mysteries at length. There were lots of fantasy sequences in each episode, mostly taking place inside Fancy’s mind.

There are clear echoes of writer Sid Green’s earlier Anthony Newley starring sitcom The Strange World of Gurney Slade. Unfortunately neither series found an audience.

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Dave King, who played Fancy, had been a major comedy star during the 1950’s and actually gave series writer Sid Green his big break in TV. King had done little TV work in the previous few years but this, and a serial in the Armchair Thriller series called The Chelsea Murders marked something of a return.

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production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 October – 5 December 1980 Fridays 7.30pm

Writer: Sid Green / Producers: Derrick Goodwin, Tony Cornford / Directors: David Crossman, Les Chatfield, Derrick Goodwin

Dave King as Fancy
Joseph Marcell as Alastair
Hilda Fenemore as Landlady

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