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Reg Varney ...
 Reg Turner (29 episodes, 1961-1963)
Peter Jones ...
 Harold Fenner (23 episodes, 1961-1963)
Miriam Karlin ...
 Paddy (23 episodes, 1961-1963)
Esma Cannon ...
 Lily (21 episodes, 1961-1962)
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 Carole Taylor / ... (21 episodes, 1961-1962)
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 Shirley (19 episodes, 1962-1963)
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 Gloria (16 episodes, 1961-1963)
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The theme music for the first season was a syncopated arrangement of Eric Coates' "Calling All Workers". The more familiar theme was introduced for season 2. See more »

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Groundbreaking comedy series from the BBC
18 October 2006 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one series I'm looking forward to seeing again now that it's coming out on DVD.

Reg Varney, Peter Jones and Miriam Karlin are a great team but for me the best character was the unforgettable Esma Cannon as Lily. Shelia Hancock was memorable as well. Irene Handl as Reg's mum was another great actress who if memory serves me correctly, played Tony Hancock's landlady.

Ronald Chesney and partner would never write a better series than this although Chesney's Aussie comedy series "Barley Charlie" is one I still recall with fondness.

It's sad to think Chesney and Wolfe will be most-remembered for arguably the worst so-called 'comedy' in the history of British television, "On the Buses". "'Allo, 'Allo" is still entertaining but for me "The Rag Trade" was Chesney and Wolfe at their best.


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