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Peter Bowles ... Howard Booth (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
George Cole ... Trevor Mountjoy (7 episodes, 1982)
Rosalind Ayres ... Mary Mountjoy (7 episodes, 1982)

Series Directed by
Vernon Lawrence (5 episodes, 1982)
Series Writing credits
Eric Chappell (5 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Vernon Lawrence .... producer (5 episodes, 1982)
Series Original Music by
Peter Knight (4 episodes, 1982)
Series Film Editing by
Mike Pearson (1 episode, 1982)
Series Casting by
Liz Evett (2 episodes, 1982)
Pat Hayley (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Production Design by
Colin Pigott (5 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume Design by
Christine Robinson (5 episodes, 1982)
Series Makeup Department
Marlene Quinlan .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1982)
Series Art Department
Ed Bailey .... graphics (5 episodes, 1982)
Series Sound Department
Norman Blight .... sound (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Vince Barber .... lighting (5 episodes, 1982)
Phil Knockton .... senior camera operator (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Editorial Department
Llinos John .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1982)
Jim Molyneux .... editor: video tape (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Music Department
Peter Knight .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1982)
Series Other crew
Ros Boothroyd .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1982)
Robert Crossley .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1982)
John Heaton .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1982)
Gordon Quinn .... technical supervisor (5 episodes, 1982)

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30 min (14 episodes)
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Side-splitting hilarity, 5 October 2002
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

"The Bounder", produced by Yorkshire Television, lasted only 14 episodes ... but every episode was hilarious. Howard Booth (deftly played by Peter Bowles) is suave, sophisticated and a complete crook. In the opening credits, he is just getting released from Her Majesty's pleasure (prison) after doing two years for fraud. His doting sister Mary won't hear a word against him, so Howard moves in with Mary and her oh-so-respectable husband Trevor Mountjoy (brilliantly played by veteran actor George Cole). Of course, as soon as Howard moves in with the Mountjoys, he uses their house as the base camp for his next crime wave. When he finds out that Laura (the neighbour next door over) is a wealthy widow, Howard straight away makes plans for her bank balance.

Peter Bowles was already appearing on television each week in the ensemble cast of a popular Yorkshire sitcom, "Only When I Laugh". He refused to carry on his work in that series unless he was given his own starring series as well. "The Bounder" was the happy result. Amazingly, Bowles managed to keep up the workload of performing in two different sitcoms in production at the same time. (Perhaps it helped that his characters in both programmes were similar.)

"The Bounder" has run on U.S. television, but I doubt that most Americans would get all the references. I fondly remember one screamingly funny episode in which Howard was trying to help one of his old prison mates to go straight. The ex-lag had gone to prison for counterfeiting, but now he was attempting an honest career as a portrait painter. To help the artist get started, Howard persuaded Trevor to commission a portrait of himself. The counterfeiter produced an oil painting depicting Trevor in a pose exactly matching the image of the Duke of Wellington on the five-pound note! Every adult in Britain has seen this image thousands of times, and the similarity was hilarious. When Trevor saw the painting, he noticed that it looked "familiar", but he couldn't suss out where he'd seen it before. I watched this episode with my American wife. While I was falling about laughing hysterically, she kept asking me "What's so funny?" I had to show her a fiver, at which point she "got" the joke but she still didn't laugh. "The Bounder" is a very English show, and it doesn't translate well ... but, oh yes, it is funny.

UPDATE: The five-pound note now has a new design, so Brits who watch this episode in repeats may miss the joke. Ah, well.

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