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

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Cast

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)
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 Michael Ambrose (54 episodes, 1989-1994)
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 Lee Stanley (52 episodes, 1989-1994)
Justin Pickett ...
 Sean Ambrose (50 episodes, 1989-1994)
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 Tony (36 episodes, 1989-1993)
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Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

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5 January 1989 (UK)  »

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Matthew: [repeated line, usually after his "Old African Saying"] Think about it!
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Crazy Credits

The series 1 - 4 theme tune was the original recording of the theme tune "Dont Scratch My Soca" and a video montage of life in and around Peckham, people arriving on ships and an exterior shot of Shirley and Desmond outside the barbershop was used. See more »

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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Drop the Dead Donkey (2006) See more »

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Don't Scratch My Soca
Music by John Collins
Lyrics by Trix Worrell
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Blast from the past...
6 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Have just finished watching what, to me, epitomised black British comedy in the '90s. This comedy is laugh out loud hilarious, without being patronising and has managed to stand the test of time, even by today's standards.

Norman Beaton (may he rest in peace) was a comedic genius and it made me cry just recalling the fact that he is no longer with us. The remaining supporting cast were equally funny, making a series basically focusing on the day to day events in a barbers in Peckham, very realistic.

A lot of the humour resonates with my own childhood, with the loud banter, constant ribbing and no one safe from the butt of a joke. I hope other people get hooked on this programme as you will not regret spending half an hour with the Ambroses...


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