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Turnbull’s Finest Half-Hour (ITV 1972, Michael Bates, Liz Fraser)



Sitcom Turnbull’s Finest Half-Hour took us to the ITV’s smallest network, Pentagon Television, which was in severe financial straits. Pentagon’s chief executive Sir Zachary Stein, tired of the situation, meets retired Major Clifford Turnbull at a party and persuades him to take over the running of the station.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire TV / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 November – 29 December 1972 Sunday 12.30pm

Writers: Ken Hoare, Mike Sharland / Music: Johnny Pearson / Production Design: Malcolm Goulding / Producer and Director: Bill Hitchcock

Michael Bates as Turnbull
Blake Butler as Bernard Pratt
Liz Fraser as Faye Bush
Jonathan Lynn as Roddy Cheever-Jones
Roddy Maude- Roxby as Rex Rivoli
Leonard Trolley as Jellico Withers
Alan Helm as Charlie