Arnie and Maud Cole are a very odd couple. She wanted a father for her unborn child, he needed the money middle-class Maud could provide. Together they negotiate the rough and tumble world ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
 Arnie Cole (6 episodes, 1980)
 Maud (6 episodes, 1980)
Fraser Cains ...
 Llewellyn (6 episodes, 1980)
 Jack Brewer (6 episodes, 1980)
Sheila Reid ...
 Lily Brewer (6 episodes, 1980)
 Corky Brown (6 episodes, 1980)
Valerie Holliman ...
 Cora Brown (6 episodes, 1980)
Granville Saxton ...
 Max Legendre (6 episodes, 1980)
 Percy Bowden (6 episodes, 1980)
Joanna Foster ...
 Clara Brewer (6 episodes, 1980)
Teresa Codling ...
 Dotty Brewer (6 episodes, 1980)
 Hector (6 episodes, 1980)
Sheri Shepstone ...
 Violet (6 episodes, 1980)
Peggy Ann Wood ...
 Nanny (5 episodes, 1980)
 Letty (4 episodes, 1980)
Patrick Gordon ...
 Gilbert Winslow (4 episodes, 1980)
 Gwendoline Harper (3 episodes, 1980)
 Clive (3 episodes, 1980)
Joe Dunlop ...
 Cameraman / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Hugh Walters ...
 Captain Sandbeck (2 episodes, 1980)
 Eddy Marco (2 episodes, 1980)
Ralph Nossek ...
 Mr. Crane (2 episodes, 1980)
Ronald Russell ...
 Butler (2 episodes, 1980)


Arnie and Maud Cole are a very odd couple. She wanted a father for her unborn child, he needed the money middle-class Maud could provide. Together they negotiate the rough and tumble world of the silent movie business, with dreams of having their own production company. In the process, they become partners indeed. Written by Cleo <>

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Release Date:

23 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ja voitolla eletään  »

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(6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The little comic, Corky Brown, has a monocle drawn on his face, a reference to the drawn-on mustache of Charles Chaplin. See more »

Crazy Credits

Interspersed among the cast list in the end credits were various captions, in the form of questions (eg "Do men really chase through Cora's bedroom?"), which were teasers for the next episode. See more »

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Joyous Spoof of Silent Films
11 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 6-part series is a joyous spoof of the beginnings of the British film industry with low-born Arnie Cole (Bob Hoskins) and sidekick Llewellyn (Fraser Cains) desperate to become filmmakers. Arnie is so desperate, he even forms a loveless marriage with a well-to-do spinster Maud (Frances de la Tour) to get the money to start his film company.

Many film "types" are spoofed, including the little comedian who's quite nasty in real life, the adult woman posing as a child star, the foreign-born auteurs, the great star who deigns to be in films ... for a price, and the unsung technical genius behind the camera who makes it all work.

Plot also shows what a cutthroat business it really was in those early years with sabotage and theft as usual business practices.

Driven by catchy music by Ron Grainer and star-making performance by Hoskins and De la Tour, the six episodes whiz by, leaving the audience wishing for more.

The subplot of the loveless marriage and how it grows makes the characters human and lovable.

Besides Bob Hoskins, Frances de la Tour, and Fraser Cains, there are many familiar faces in the large cast. Sherrie Hewson plays the hapless Letty, Andy de la Tour plays Maud's brother, Dickie Arnold plays Corky Brown, Jim Hooper plays Percy, Sheila Reid plays Lily, Philip Madoc plays Jack, Granville Saxton plays Legendre, Sheri Shepstone plays Violet, Peggy Ann Wood play nanny, Teddy Turner plays Eddy Marco, Joanna Foster plays Clara, and Maxine Audley plays the imperious Gwendolyn Harper.

Great fun. Not to be missed.

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