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The Last Salute (BBC Sitcom, Paul Bown, Philip Jackson)



The Last Salute BBC Philip Jackson

Period sitcom The Last Salute detailed the adventures of a group of A.A. Patrolmen in the early nineteen sixties. Inspector Leonard Spanwick (Philip Jackson) was the man in charge and Harry Thorpe (Paul Bown) was the patrolman who all too often found himself up against his arch rival from the RAC Johnny Lupus (Brett Fancy). Other regulars included Harry’s sister Joyce (Jo Unwin) who was involved romantically with Leonard.

The second and final season saw the departure of Lupus and Joyce opened her own cafe. The AA stood for Automobile Assocation and the RAC stood for Royal Automobile Club.

Cast: Paul Bown as Harry Thorpe; Philip Jackson as Leonard Spanwick; Jo Unwin as Joyce Thorpe; David Shane as Roy Munce; Paul Young as Mr Bannerman; Ben Pullen as Robin Pettifer; Claire Cox as Catherine Heasman; Nigel Williams as Raymond Cartwright; Brett Fancy as Johnny Lupus (Season 1)

Writer: Tim Binding, Simon Nye / Music: Ray Russell / Executive Producer: Mike Stephens

UK / BBC One / 12×30 minute episodes / 15 March 1998 – 29 August 1999