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Potter’s Picture Palace (BBC-1 1976-1978 with Eden Phillips and Melvyn Hayes)

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UK / BBC One / 13×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 1976 and 1978

Writers: Brian Finch, Phil Redmond, Dick Sharples / Producer: John Buttery / Directors: Tony Harrison (Season 1), Jeremy Swan (Season 2)

Well made children’s sitcom. Peter Potter inherits a run down picture house from his Auntie and tries to restore it to its former glory, although in season one his cousin Reggie did his best to try and stop him (if Potter closed the cinema for just one day ownership would pass to Reggie who wanted to knock it down and build a block of flats).

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EDEN PHILLIPS as Peter Potter
MELVYN HAYES as Melvyn Didsbury
JOHN COMER as Sidney Bogart
DAVID LODGE as Reggie Turpin (Season 1)
ANGELA CROW as Joan Biddle
COLIN EDWYNN as Frank Plank
BRUCE WATT as The Kid (Season 1)
MARK DEMPSEY as Desmond Bagshaw (Season 2)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 13 September – 25 October 1976
1. THAT DARNED KID!
2. THE PHANTOM OF THE PALACE
3. THE LITTLE DICTATOR
4. THE NIGHT OF THE TRIFFIDS
5. THE MOUSE THAT SNORED
6. GUMS
7. KING KONG PHOOEY

SEASON TWO 14 April – 19 May 1978
1. GOLD FEVER
2. THE GREAT ESCAPE
3. ONE OF OUR SPACESHIPS IS MISSING
4. THE GIRL FRIEND
5. GONE DANCING
6. DOWN MEMORY LANE

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