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14 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Short lived comedy about construction workers enjoying themselves. The crew was all male except for Lucy... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 9)
Dolph Sweet ... Norm Jenkins (9 episodes, 1980)

Douglas Barr ... Buzz Dillard (9 episodes, 1980)

Susan Buckner ... Lucy Davis (9 episodes, 1980)
Philip Brown ... Randy Hartford (9 episodes, 1980)

Tim Rossovich ... Martin 'Hunk' Kincaid (9 episodes, 1980)

Sue Ane Langdon ... Darlene (6 episodes, 1980)
Gary Allen ... Hanrahan / ... (4 episodes, 1980)

Series Directed by
Christian I. Nyby II (1 episode, 1980)

Edward Parone (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Chuck Gordon (1 episode, 1980)
Tom Kartozian (1 episode, 1980)
Robert Sherman (1 episode, 1980)

Series Produced by
Norman Chandler Fox .... associate producer (1 episode, 1980)
Rick Husky .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1980)
Carroll Newman .... producer (1 episode, 1980)
Gerald Sanford .... producer (1 episode, 1980)
Series Original Music by
Mark Snow (1 episode, 1980)
Series Cinematography by
Emil Oster (1 episode, 1980)
Series Film Editing by
Ralph Schoenfeld (1 episode, 1980)
Harvey Stambler (1 episode, 1980)
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (1 episode, 1980)
Series Production Design by
David L. Snyder (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Richard B. Lewis (1 episode, 1980)
Series Set Decoration by
James Ira Colburn (1 episode, 1980)
Series Costume Design by
Charles Waldo (1 episode, 1980)
Series Makeup Department
Dale Miller .... key hair stylist (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Production Management
Sam Freedle .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1980)
Robert J. Koster .... production manager (1 episode, 1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David L. Beanes .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1980)
Ronald Martinez .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1980)
Series Sound Department
Thomas McMullen .... sound effects editor (1 episode, 1980)
John Oliver .... sound (1 episode, 1980)
Series Stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator / stunts (4 episodes, 1980)

Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "b"camera, steadicam (1 episode, 1980)
Series Casting Department
Toni Howard .... casting associate (1 episode, 1980)
Nancy Klopper .... casting associate (1 episode, 1980)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Music Department
Mary-Ann Leikin .... theme music: lyricist (1 episode, 1980)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (1 episode, 1980)
Mark Snow .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1980)
The Sweet Inspirations .... theme music performed by (1 episode, 1980)
Jerry Whitman .... theme music performed by (1 episode, 1980)
Series Other crew
Chuck Gordon .... creative consultant (1 episode, 1980)
Michael Hamilton .... main title design (1 episode, 1980)
Tom Kartozian .... creative consultant (1 episode, 1980)
Rick Mittleman .... executive script consultant (1 episode, 1980)
Rudy Monroy .... technical advisor (1 episode, 1980)

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60 min (6 episodes)
Color (Technicolor)
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Are You Having A Laugh?, 25 November 2011
Author: stubbers from Essex

When The Whistle Blows was revived for one season (plus Christmas special) in 2006. The show was relocated to a factory in Wigan, Northern England and concentrated on the factory floor banter between Ray Stokes (played by Andy Millman) and his motley collection of employees.

The show's undoubted potential was sadly smothered by incredibly broad, lowbrow production values in a desperate attempt to win viewers. It ended up being the kind of show that 4 year olds would enjoy, due to the overuse of catchphrases and silly wigs etc. There were a couple of inappropriate celebrity appearances as well which seemed forced and contrived, either for camp kitsch value, eg Keith Chegwin's appearance as "Keith"; or else blatant product placement, eg Chris Martin from Coldplay who just happened to turn up in the factory to plug his new absolutely ridiculous, mental scenario.

The Christmas special, which proved to be the last ever episode of When The Whistle Blows, involved flying the regulars out to Spain.

Andy Millman's career never really took off after the dire reviews received for When The Whistle Blows. True, he made a notable appearance as a slug in Doctor Who, and his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother was briefly famous for an emotional outpouring of hatred for the celebrity lifestyle, but sadly for Andy the public still only associate him with When The Whistle Blows.

Shaun Williamson (Barry from EastEnders) was rumoured to have been lined up to replace Andy Millman in the role of Ray Stokes, but due to management/agency issues, the BBC never commissioned another series.

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