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Seasons:
1
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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Awards:
2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(11 articles)
News Nuggets: Naya Rivera has not been fired from 'Glee'
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R.I.P. Bob Hoskins
 (From Dark Horizons. 30 April 2014, 7:11 AM, PDT)

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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Runtime:
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:
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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Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Truly original, 4 March 2000
Author: Daniel Will-Harris from Marin, California

I remember seeing this on TV when it first came out. I was changing channels, and here were these woman, tap dancing on a coffin, lip syncing, "I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you." I was hooked.

It was the first time I ever saw Bob Hoskins, who managed to make a character who was truly awful somehow loveable.

It's a depression-era story, and while the story itself is grim, somehow the telling is joyful, with the cast breaking into "song." The songs are wonderful old songs, and they just mouth to them, and it creates a surreal feeling, but one that works, because it's as if this is what they are feeling (and could have felt at the time in the vernacular of the old songs).

The whole telling of this story is so original and vivid that you must watch it when you can.

==> Don't confuse this with the movie version, directed by Herbert Ross, with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters has spectacular production values (unfortunately, the biggest production number was actually cut), but Steve Martin, great as he is, just doesn't make you like and feel for him the way Hoskins does. Bernadette is sufficiently waif-like, but she lacks Gemma Craven's grittiness.

Christopher Walken is the highlight of the film, doing an incredible song/dance/striptease on a bar that shows what a great dancer he is.

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