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Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Heironymus Merkin screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth and moral decay.

Director: Anthony Newley
Stars: Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, Alexander Newley
Ghost Squad (TV Series 1961)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The adventures of the agents of Scotland Yard's secret undercover crime unit, dubbed "The Ghost Squad".

Stars: Anthony Marlowe, Claire Nielson, Michael Quinn
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Alec Ross awakes one morning to find that he doesn't know who or where he is and doesn't recognize his wife or children.

Stars: Charles Mesure, Tania Nolan, Miriama McDowell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Anthony Newley, Julia Foster, Robert Stephens
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 Gurney Slade (6 episodes, 1960)
Edwin Richfield ...
 Husband / ... (3 episodes, 1960)
Joy Stewart ...
 Wife (3 episodes, 1960)
Margaret Cox
(3 episodes, 1960)
John Bosh
(3 episodes, 1960)
Bernie Winters ...
 Albert (2 episodes, 1960)
Douglas Wilmer ...
 Prosecuting Counsel (2 episodes, 1960)
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
 Tinker (2 episodes, 1960)
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 Girl in Park / ... (2 episodes, 1960)
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 Girl on Airfield (2 episodes, 1960)
Keith Smith
(2 episodes, 1960)
Ann Lancaster ...
 Dog (2 episodes, 1960)
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22 October 1960 (UK)  »

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Anthony Newley insisted that his childhood friend Bernie Winters be cast as the only other regular performer on the show See more »

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Pioneering, imaginative TV comedy
16 May 2001 | by See all my reviews



A pioneering comedy series, postmodernist before there was such a thing, and a wonderful demonstration of Anthony Newley's genius in the art of self-mockery.

The Newley character, playing the lead in a ghastly domestic soap opera, suddenly walks off the set in disgust, but to his horror finds he can't escape the cameras.

A slight, pathetic figure in a shabby raincoat, he wanders about London - seen and unseen - talking to himself, a dog, a dustbin, dancing with a girl who's come down from an advertising poster... He's looking for some answers, but finds the world is surreal, absurd, trivial and bewildering. Like Alice.

The theme tune - wistful but jaunty - (which Newley summons up with a piano-playing action of the hand) - expresses his character unforgettably.

The series probably altered the history of comedy, and forty years on we still get allusions to it in advertisements.


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