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Six of the Best (ITV 1965, Ray Brooks, John Alderton)



An anthology of comedy pilots, none of which became series.

UK / ITV Network – ATV / 6×30 minute -episodes / 1965 black and white

Producer: Alan Tarrant


1. ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (Broadcast: Wednesday 11 August @ 9.10pm)
Piano teacher Olive Taplow suffers unwanted attentions when she moves into a flat that was formerly occupied by a ‘lady of the night’.

guest cast

Writer: Ray Cooney / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Albert Locke


2. ME AND MY BIG MOUTH (Broadcast Wednesday 18 August 1965 @ 9.10pm)
guest cast
Alfie Bass as Alfie Smith / Alan Rolfe as Mr. Fiske / Michael Corcoran as Agitated man / David Davenport as Doctor / Peter Bowles as Tom Brown / Douglas Ditta as Scot / Hazel Coppen as Mum / Barry Lineham as Barman / Joanna Wake as Sheila

Writer: Fred Robinson / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Shaun O’Riordan


3. CHARLIE’S PLACE (Broadcast Wednesday 25 August 1965 @ 9.10pm)
guest cast

Writer: Alan Plater / Producer: Alan Plater / Director: Dicky Leeman


4. PORTERHOUSE – PRIVATE EYE (Broadcast Wednesday 1 September 1965 @ 9.10pm)
Inept private detective Edwin Porterhouse is hired to look after a priceless snuff box.

guest cast
Peter Butterworth as Edwin Porterhouse / June Whitfield as Daffodil / Dudley Foster as Otto Mulchrone / John Glyn Jones as Sir Gregory Bowles / Cicely Hulbert as Lady Bowles / Bryan Madley as Hargreaves / Elizabeth Connell as Irma / Frank Sil as Inspector

Writer: Maurice Wiltshire / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Albert Locke


5. MAN WITH A MISSION (Broadcast Wednesday 8 September 1965 @ 9.10pm)
guest cast
RONALD LACEY as Wilfred Hicks / THORLEY WALTERS as Forbes-Glanville / AVIS BUNNAGE as Mrs Whittaker / DEREK NIMMO as Hope Weston / HARRY LOCKE as Security Guard / DENISE BUCKLEY as Carol

Writers: Richard Harris, Dennis Spooner / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Dicky Leeman


6. ARE THERE ANYMORE AT HOME LIKE YOU (Broadcast Wednesday 15 September 1965 @ 9.10pm)
A case of mistaken identity causes confusion. One of six comedies broadcast under the Umbrella title Six of the Best.

guest cast
GRAHAM STARK as Ernest / BARBARA MITCHELL as Dorinda -Gertrude /ROBERT DORNING as Father/Uncle / DAVID STOLL as Man in Tube / HAZEL COPPEN as Woman in Kiosk / WILLIE PAYNE as Guard

Writer: Tony Hawes / Producer: Alan Tarrant

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