Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.






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Series cast summary:
Norman Beaton ...
 Desmond Ambrose (71 episodes, 1989-1994)
Carmen Munroe ...
 Shirley Ambrose (71 episodes, 1989-1994)
Ram John Holder ...
 Augustus 'Porkpie' Grant (71 episodes, 1989-1994)
Gyearbuor Asante ...
 Matthew (69 episodes, 1989-1994)
Kim Walker ...
 Gloria Ambrose (60 episodes, 1989-1994)
Geff Francis ...
 Michael Ambrose (54 episodes, 1989-1994)
 Lee Stanley (52 episodes, 1989-1994)
Justin Pickett ...
 Sean Ambrose (50 episodes, 1989-1994)
 Tony (36 episodes, 1989-1993)


Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

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sitcom | barbershop | See All (2) »







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5 January 1989 (UK)  »

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(70 episodes) | (final episode)

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[repeated line]
Matthew: There is an old African saying...
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Crazy Credits

Series 5 & 6 had an updated opening sequence. A remix of the original "Dont Scratch My Soka", with added drum beats was used. And an alternative opening sequence of life in and around Peckham was used and different shots of Shirley and Desmond's outside the barbershop was used in different episodes. See more »


Featured in The Greatest: 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) See more »


Don't Scratch My Soca
Music by John Collins
Lyrics by Trix Worrell
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Black Humor From Across The Pond
30 July 2001 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to come across this predominately Black sitcom from the UK. BET used to show episodes of it in the early 1990s. It is a very funny show about a barber and his family, employees and friends. Much of the humor came from Desmond's inability to adapt to changing times and ideas. Desmond's oldest son, Michael, was sort of a mirror image of his father, a stuffed shirt banker who always had to do things by the book. Michael's younger sister and brother, were typical teens, prone to the ups and downs of growing up. One of the best characters was Porkpie, one of Desmond's old friends; a guy like him can be found in any barber shop anywhere in the world. Another good character was Auntie Suzu, Demond's wild sister-in-law. There are other British sitcoms out on video now; I hope this one comes out on video, as well.

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