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Pickwick (BBC Musical, Harry Secombe, Roy Castle)

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One off musical entertainment Pickwick was a comedy musical based on The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Harry Secombe was perfectly cast as Mr Pickwick with Roy Castle as Sam Weller and the fabulous Hattie Jacques as Mrs Barwell.

The production opened in Fleet Prison where Mr Pickwick has unfortunately found himself with the action then flashing back to other key incidents including our hero mistakenly entering the Eatanswill Election. Songs included If I Ruled the World, Hell of an Election and That’s What I like for Christmas.

The production had first been mounted as a successful stage musical in 1963.

Cast: Harry Secombe as Mr. Pickwick; Roy Castle as Sam Weller; Hattie Jacques as Mrs. Barwell; Aubrey Woods as Jingle; Julian Orchard as Snodgrass; Robert Dorning as Tupman; Michael Balfour as Roker

Writers: Jimmy Grafton, James Gilbert / Book: Wolf Mankowitz / Music: Cyril Ornadel / Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse / Choreography: Gillian Lynne / Novel: Charles Dickens / Producer: James Gilbert / Director: Terry Hughes

UK / BBC Two / 1×90 minute episode / 11 June 1969 (Repeated on Boxing Day the same year).