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Never Say Die (ITV Sitcom, Wilfrid Brambell, Reginald Marsh)



Sitcom Never Say Die detailed the exploits of the patients and staff of Yorkshire hospital the Victoria Memorial. Amongst those receiving treatment were Mr Hebden (Reginald Marsh), Mr Oliphant (Patrick Newell) and Albert (a rare role for Wilfrid Brambell outside of Steptoe and Son – he still couldn’t quite escape the character though as he has the same character name here.)

Never Say Die was the first TV Series created and written by Peter Tinniswood, he had contributed sketches to shows such as Lance at Large and The Frost Report. Never Say Die came and went without anyone really noticing but he scored a big success with his next series I Didn’t Know You Cared.

Cast: Reginald Marsh as Mr Hebden; Patrick Newell as Mr Oliphant; Noel Purcell as Mr Finucane; Teddy Green as Corker; Larry Noble as Mr Bridge; Wilfrid Brambell as Albert; Ken Parry as Sister Ringstead; Hugh Walters as Poniatowski; Mary Healey as Nurse Whitethroat

Writer: Peter Tinniswood / Music: Tony Harrison / Executive Producer: John Duncan / Director: Derrick Goodwin

UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 6×30 minute episodes / 4 August – 8 September 1970 Tuesdays at 8.30pm