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 Joan Parker 6 episodes, 1978
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Dave King ...
 Police Inspector 2 episodes, 1978
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 Headmaster 2 episodes, 1978
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 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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Pedestrian: You all right, mate?
Accordion man: What? What?
Pedestrian: What's the matter with you, eh?
Accordion man: Oh, f... f...
Pedestrian: Hey, now now. None of that!
Accordion man: It's a f-f-fine world, sir...
Pedestrian: Are you drunk? Is that it?
Accordion man: Oh... 'tis that, 'tis that... it's a m-marvelous world, if you... look at it right... lights on the water...
Pedestrian: [handing over some change] Look here. Get yourself a cup of tea.
Accordion man: Oh... thank you very, very much sir. Thank you very, very much.
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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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