Pennies from Heaven (1978)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Drama | Musical
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Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song, building musical numbers around the greatest ... See full summary »

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 Eileen (6 episodes, 1978)
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 Arthur Parker (6 episodes, 1978)
Gemma Craven ...
 Joan Parker (6 episodes, 1978)
Kenneth Colley ...
 Accordion Man / ... (6 episodes, 1978)
Jenny Logan ...
 Irene (3 episodes, 1978)
Dave King ...
 Police Inspector (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Headmaster (2 episodes, 1978)
Sam Avent ...
 Pianist (2 episodes, 1978)
Arnold Peters ...
 Barrett (2 episodes, 1978)
Spencer Banks ...
 Maurice (2 episodes, 1978)
Michael Bilton ...
 Dad (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Dave (2 episodes, 1978)
Bill Dean ...
 Alf (2 episodes, 1978)
Bella Emberg ...
 Mrs. Corder (2 episodes, 1978)
Children From the Forest of Dean ...
 School Children (2 episodes, 1978)
Yolande Palfrey ...
 Blind Girl (2 episodes, 1978)
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Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song, building musical numbers around the greatest frustrations in his life. He meets an innocent young school teacher, Eileen, who seems to hear the same music, but when Eileen learns that he's married, and that she's pregnant with his child, she runs away. Arthur gives up everything to find and protect her, but fate and the music haven't finished with Arthur Parker. Written by Kathy Li

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The BBC original was composed of six episodes, each a bit over an hour long. Their titles are: 1: Down Sunny Side Lane 2: Love Is The Sweetest Thing 3: Easy Come, Easy Go 4: Better Think Twice 5: Painting The Clouds 6: Says My Heart See more »

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Arthur Parker: I'd rather be a Yank.
Eileen Everson: Pardon?
Arthur: They got the best songs.
Eileen: What's that got to do with it!
Arthur: I want to... I know it sounds daft Eileen, but I want to live in a world where the songs is...
Eileen: Where the songs come true.
Arthur: Yes.
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An unforgettable memory from my youth.
17 March 2004 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I was 14 when Pennies From Heaven came out on our TV. The year was 1989. I didn't see it from the start and I was very fortunate indeed than I managed to see it at all. I always remember that magical moment when I saw three women dancing and singing "You Rascal You". From that moment I was totally hooked. I hardly could wait the next week episodes, and after them I was floating somewhere in the sky for sometime.

After that TV-series I have never seen anything else which has affected me as it did. There was some magical aura about it, something which you can hardly explain. The actors were great, especially Sherilyn Campbell were adorable. Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in that movie version were nothing compared to these original 'lovebirds'. And of course those songs, those wonderful partly forgotten old dance numbers were the salt and soul in Pennies From Heaven.

I think it goes without saying that the Brits are geniuses of making great TV-drama. And that TV-series is an unique example of their craftsmanship in that area.


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