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13 January 1989 (UK) See more »
This series was set in a fictional Yorkshire town and based on the books by David Nobbs, the creator of Reginald Perrin and Henry Pratt... See more »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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David Nobbs, Reginald Perrin creator, dies at 80
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 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 22)

David Jason ... Ted Simcock (13 episodes, 1989)

Gwen Taylor ... Rita Simcock / ... (13 episodes, 1989)

Nicola Pagett ... Liz Badger / ... (13 episodes, 1989)

Stephanie Cole ... Betty Sillitoe (13 episodes, 1989)
Tim Wylton ... Rodney Sillitoe (13 episodes, 1989)
Sarah-Jane Holm ... Jenny Simcock (13 episodes, 1989)
Wayne Foskett ... Elvis Simcock (13 episodes, 1989)

Michael Jayston ... Neville Badger (12 episodes, 1989)
Nigel Hastings ... Simon Rodenhurst (12 episodes, 1989)
Karen Drury ... Carol Fordingbridge (10 episodes, 1989)

Malcolm Hebden ... Alec the Barman (9 episodes, 1989)

David Thewlis ... Paul Simcock (6 episodes, 1989)

Tracy Brabin ... Sandra Pickersgill / ... (6 episodes, 1989)

Series Directed by
David Reynolds (6 episodes, 1989)
John Glenister (4 episodes, 1989)
Ronnie Baxter (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
David Nobbs (13 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Vernon Lawrence .... executive producer / producer (13 episodes, 1989)
David Reynolds .... producer (13 episodes, 1989)
Series Film Editing by
John Allen (unknown episodes)
Mick Miller (unknown episodes)
Lance Tattersall (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Paddy Stern (11 episodes, 1989)
Malcolm Drury (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Design by
Ian Fisher (12 episodes, 1989)
Series Costume Design by
Val Hurst (13 episodes, 1989)
Series Makeup Department
Phillipa Haigh .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1989)
Di Lofthouse .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Management
John Heaton .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Art Department
Paul Peppiate .... title design / titles (13 episodes, 1989)
Michael Speight .... production buyer (7 episodes, 1989)
Dave McBurnie .... production buyer (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Sound Department
Keith Hargreaves .... sound (13 episodes, 1989)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Abram .... vision control / vision control: studio (12 episodes, 1989)
Stuart Hinchliffe .... senior cameraman / senior camera operator / ... (12 episodes, 1989)
Christopher Clayton .... lighting technician / lighting (10 episodes, 1989)
Peter Crawford .... o.b. vision control / vision control: o.b. (2 episodes, 1989)
Peter Squires .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Editorial Department
Brenda Wilson .... vision mixer (13 episodes, 1989)
Lance Tattersall .... videotape editor / video tape editor (5 episodes, 1989)
John Allen .... video tape editor / videotape editor (3 episodes, 1989)
Stuart Quarmby .... videotape editor (3 episodes, 1989)
Mick Miller .... videotape editor (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
John Chilton's Feetwarmers .... performer: theme music / performers: title music (13 episodes, 1989)
George Melly .... performer: theme music / performer: title music (13 episodes, 1989)
Ray Russell .... composer: theme music / composer: title music (13 episodes, 1989)
Series Other crew
Fiona Black .... stage manager / floor manager (13 episodes, 1989)
Mike Wilkinson .... studio supervisor (8 episodes, 1989)
Robert Crossley .... stage manager / floor manager (7 episodes, 1989)
Jennie Baker .... assistant stage manager (6 episodes, 1989)
David Noble .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Susan France .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1989)
Gordon Quinn .... studio supervisor (5 episodes, 1989)
John Heaton .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Liz Waddell .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
June McDonald .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1989)
Chris Tattersall .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1989)

Brian Abram .... studio vision control (unknown episodes)
Peter Crawford .... O.B. vision control (unknown episodes)
Gill Hinchcliffe .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Paul Peppiate .... title designer (unknown episodes)

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60 min (13 episodes)

Did You Know?

David Jason claimed appearing in this series paved the way for getting the lead role in "The Darling Buds of May" (1991) and from there, to getting cast in "A Touch of Frost" (1992), because although the show only lasted two series, it went down well with critics and viewers alike, and put him on Yorkshire Television's radar.See more »
[recurring line]
Alec the Barman:Can do. No problem. Tickety-boo.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great drama, funny with it, 12 October 2006
Author: lucy-19 from London

I have just caught up with this and it is as brilliant as people said it was at the time. But nearly 20 years have passed, and some things now jar. Nothing is as distant as the recent past. Paul and Jenny as the right-on, ideologically sound, politically correct couple are great, especially the way Jenny is boring and humourless and manipulates everybody by constantly bursting into tears and rushing from the room. People like that certainly were around back in those days. But they were hard to send up – possibly because they were so earnest and smug they could never see a joke, let alone one against themselves. I like the way Liz begs Jenny to stop the "progressive preaching". But there's something wrong about Jenny. Her clothes and hairdo are too conservative (though they're dull and unsexy because fashion is a capitalist plot, and being sexy is pandering to patriarchy...). Maybe they thought the audience wouldn't get it if she spoke like that, or wore the kind of clothes a feminist eco-protester would have worn. Her constant sermons seem to be a way of explicating her far-out ideas to an audience who may never have heard them before. Another false note is struck by Rita's conversion from downtrodden, shy, unconfident wife and mother to liberated single woman (with big, big hair and a ghastly shiny outfit) – just by having her husband leave her for another woman. She too starts spouting political sermons and reveals that she met her new boyfriend at a CND rally. She is a heroine for the late 80s and we're not meant to laugh at her as we laugh at Paul and Jenny.

I'd forgotten that way back then ideas that are now being embraced by the Conservative Party genuinely divided people. Conventional people had conservative ideas; if you wanted to go vegetarian or campaign against nuclear weapons you became a weirdo, a lefty, an unconventional person. Your original social group would look at you askance or possibly eject you. You might have to join another.

These are flaws that time has revealed. The rest stands up as great drama, acting and observation. Looking forward to catching up with the second series.

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