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Release Date:
7 March 1978 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more »
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2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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(11 articles)
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R.I.P. Bob Hoskins
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Bob Hoskins has Died at the Age of 71
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Cast

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Cheryl Campbell ... Eileen (6 episodes, 1978)

Bob Hoskins ... 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)

Freddie Jones ... 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)

Philip Jackson ... 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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Series Directed by
Piers Haggard (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Writing credits
Dennis Potter (6 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Kenith Trodd .... producer (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Westbury (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Film Editing by
Howard Dell (6 episodes, 1978)
David Martin (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Design by
Tim Harvey (6 episodes, 1978)
Bruce Macadie (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Costume Design by
John Peacock (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jenny Shircore .... make-up (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Sid Sutton .... graphics designer (6 episodes, 1978)
Bob Cosford .... illustrator (3 episodes, 1978)
Tom Taylor .... illustrator (3 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Sound Department
Mervyn Broadway .... film sound (6 episodes, 1978)
Alan Dykes .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1978)
Brian Hiles .... sound: studio (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Mutton .... senior studio camera (6 episodes, 1978)
Dave Sydenham .... studio lighting (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Editorial Department
Shirley Coward .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Other crew
Alan Charlesworth .... production team (6 episodes, 1978)
Chris Cherry .... production unit manager (6 episodes, 1978)
Bill Craske .... production assistant / studio production assistant (6 episodes, 1978)
Tudor Davies .... choreographer (6 episodes, 1978)
Irene East .... production team (6 episodes, 1978)
Simon Hinkly .... film production assistant / production assistant (6 episodes, 1978)
Diarmuid Lawrence .... film production assistant / production assistant (6 episodes, 1978)
Neil Zeiger .... production team (6 episodes, 1978)
 

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UK:75 min (6 parts)
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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 HeartSee more »
Quotes:
Accordion man:Thank you very, very much, sir. Thank you very, very much, madam.See more »
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References King Kong (1933)See more »

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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly evokes the hopes and despairs of humanity, 18 November 1999
Author: Raymond Valinoti, Jr. (raymondva@comcast.net) from Murray Hill, NJ

Dennis Potter's PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is a masterpiece of both style and substance. It is a masterpiece of style in that it vividly conjures the look and atmosphere of mid 1930s England. This setting perfectly complements the original recordings of Depression era songs that emerge from the characters' mouths when they try to express themselves. It is a masterpiece of substance in that it is a riveting drama, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes poignant, sometimes both simultaneously.

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN dramatizes the trials and tribulations of Arthur Parker (Bob Hoskins), a song sheet salesman who unceasingly hopes the lyrics of the music he tries to peddle will become reality. It is a compelling story not only because of the novel use of lip synching to illustrate Parker's and the other characters' fantasies, but because of Potter's stark contrast between the songs' cheery lyrics and the characters' troubled lives. PENNIES also benefits from the cast's persuasive performances, especially Hoskins, Gemma Craven as his repressed wife Joan and Cheryl Campbell as a shy schoolteacher Arthur's infatuated with. One feels great empathy for the characters, even though they are flawed, because one can easily identify with their wishes and frustrations.

On one level, PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is a chilling cautionary tale- a warning that dreams of paradise are folly because life is cruel and hard. On another level, it is an inspiring story of hope- that even when life is at its most grim, we can always lift our spirits with those same dreams. Whatever message one may perceive, PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is thoroughly moving and absorbing, a testimony to the late Dennis Potter's genius.

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