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The Charlie Drake Show (BBC 1960-1961)

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UK / BBC / 11×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 25 November 1960 – 24 October 1961

Writer: Charlie Drake, Richard Waring / Producer: Ronald Marsh

Series of single comedies, each season had a different theme, season one dealt with the pressures of modern life, season two sent up various film and tv genres.

Only one episode was made for season three as Drake was knocked unconscious during the live transmission of the show when a stunt went badly wrong. Drake fractured his skull and the rest of the series was abandoned.

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THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 25 November – 23 December 1960
1. THE TAKE-OVER BID
2. THE MAN WHO COULD DREAM WINNERS
3. THE SIEGE OF CYRIL STREET
4. LOVE LOCKED OUT
5. A CHRISTMAS CAROL

SEASON TWO 23 March – 27 April 1961
1. THE WORLD OF CHARLIE FRAZER
2. CHARLIE THE KID
3. JESTER MINUTE
4. NINE LITTLE WHITE MEN
5. A THOUSAND AND ONE FRIGHTS

SEASON THREE 24 October 1961
1. Bingo Madness
Two other episodes were ready to go, Of Mouse and Man and French With Tears but with Drake’s accident they were not shown, repeats of Charlie the Kid and The World of Charlie Frazer were shown and then episodes of The Harry Worth Show.

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