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 Eileen (6 episodes, 1978)
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 Arthur Parker (6 episodes, 1978)
Gemma Craven ...
 Joan Parker (6 episodes, 1978)
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 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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Accordion man: Thank you very, very much, sir. Thank you very, very much, madam.
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Bob Hoskins Is Perfect in the Lead Role!
25 February 2002 | by (Lancaster, California) – See all my reviews

Thanks to the PBS Network, KCET 28 Los Angeles, I was able to see "Pennies From Heaven" years ago during a tribute to writer, Dennis Potter. I throughly enjoyed this tv mini-series. To be honest in this review, I did not get to see the last episodes of "Pennies From Heaven" because my VHS video tape cut off after six hours of recording. The last scene I saw was when Bob Hoskins and the blonde lady were eating at a ritzy restaurant and had just tasted the wine. But I throughly enjoyed all that I had seen. The drama, the comedy and the good ole music is fantastic. Bob Hoskins is a young 36 in this film. Handsome and dashing. He is perfect in the lead role. It is fun to watch him lip-syncing. Bob Hoskins acting is the best and the top. His clarity of emotions that he brings forth (to the camera, to the viewer) is impeccable. Oh, how I wish this fine production were available on VHS video or DVD. I guess the only chance of seeing this tv mini-series again is if the PBS network in Los Angeles broadcasts it again. The 25th Anniversary of this "Pennies From Heaven" tv-mini-series is on March 7, 2003.


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