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 »

Quotes

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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Wonderful series of musical escapism
15 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With all the characters suddenly bursting into song, thankfully mimed to the original artists, this series made new ground. Very entertaining, lots of obscure but brilliant supporting actors, and a great script. The central role was brilliantly portrayed by Hoskin's frustrated salesman, trying to be taken seriously but also looking for satisfaction from his hopelessly frigid wife. His lust interest is one of those women who ooze sex appeal, and it's easy to understand how a man could fall when confronted with such unbridled passion. The whole series focuses on repressed desires and imagined hopes, as expressed by the episodes of song and dance. Notable is the courtroom scene in which the entire jury bursts into a routine. One to buy and keep.


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