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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
5 January 1989 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Black Humor From Across The Pond See more (6 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 38)
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)

Robbie Gee ... Lee Stanley (52 episodes, 1989-1994)
Justin Pickett ... Sean Ambrose (50 episodes, 1989-1994)

Dominic Keating ... Tony (36 episodes, 1989-1993)
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Series Directed by
Charlie Hanson (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
David Askey (11 episodes, 1993-1994)
Nic Phillips (8 episodes, 1990)
Trix Worrell (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Liddy Oldroyd (7 episodes, 1992)
Mandie Fletcher (6 episodes, 1989)
Lou Wakefield (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Iain McLean (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Jan Sargent (5 episodes, 1993)
Ian McLean (4 episodes, 1994)

Joan Sargent (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Trix Worrell (52 episodes, 1989-1994)
Carol Williams (9 episodes, 1991-1994)
Paul McKenzie (7 episodes, 1992-1994)
Annie Bruce (6 episodes, 1992-1994)
Laurence Goldbourne (6 episodes, 1992-1994)
Joan Hooley (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
Alrick Riley (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Panji Anoff (2 episodes, 1993-1994)

Series Produced by
Humphrey Barclay .... producer / executive producer (69 episodes, 1989-1994)
Al Mitchell .... executive producer (67 episodes, 1989-1994)
Paulette Randall .... producer / associate producer (38 episodes, 1992-1994)
Charlie Hanson .... producer (26 episodes, 1989-1991)
David Shanks .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Original Music by
John Collins (27 episodes, 1990-1993)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jake Bernard (1 episode, 1991)
 
Series Casting by
Leo Davis (34 episodes, 1989-1993)
 
Series Production Design by
Judy Steel (34 episodes, 1989-1993)
Steve Clark (13 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Costume Design by
Clive Lavagna (29 episodes, 1990-1994)
Pauline Daly (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Carolyne Walsh .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1989-1992)
Tammy Harewood .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1993)
Demelza Rogers .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Production Management
Tony Humphreys .... production executive (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Julie Terry .... production manager (22 episodes, 1990-1994)
Brian Gladstone .... production manager (7 episodes, 1993)
Christopher Miles .... production manager (3 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Iain McLean .... first assistant director (13 episodes, 1993)

Cliff Pinnock .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Barry Du Pille .... property master (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Terry Welsh .... prop buyer (13 episodes, 1993)
Mark Rimmell .... prop buyer (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Penny Rollinson .... prop buyer (8 episodes, 1992)
Andy Frith .... graphics (6 episodes, 1989)
Terry Gavahan .... property master (5 episodes, 1989)
Sue Bowcott .... prop buyer (5 episodes, 1992)
Colin Harris .... production buyer (3 episodes, 1994)
Robert Gould .... property master (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Sound Department
Andy Wernham .... sound (27 episodes, 1992-1994)
Kevin Paice .... location sound (11 episodes, 1992-1993)
Richard Monks .... location sound (10 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ted Scott .... sound (6 episodes, 1989)
Steve Hellaby .... dubbing (2 episodes, 1990)
Graham Thor-Straten .... sound (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Stunts
Vincent Keane .... stunt arranger (9 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Tabner .... key grip (39 episodes, 1992-1994)
Howard King .... lighting (35 episodes, 1989-1994)
Chris Owen .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1990-1994)
Mark Pigden .... location camera (14 episodes, 1992-1993)
Trevor Salmon .... location camera (7 episodes, 1992)
Martin Hawkins .... camera operator / camera operator: studio camera (5 episodes, 1989)
Brian Benjamin .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1993)
Nick Hemming .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Casting Department
Leo Davis .... casting (1 episode, 1994)
 
Series Editorial Department
Moyra Bird .... vision mixer (28 episodes, 1989-1994)
Brian Marshall .... v.t. editor / editor: videotape (14 episodes, 1993-1994)
Craig Dwyer .... v.t. editor (13 episodes, 1992)
Jake Bernard .... v.t. editor / editor: video tape (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Roz Storey .... vision mixer (5 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Location Management
Iain McLean .... location manager (13 episodes, 1993)
Tim McDonald .... location liaison (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Music Department
Trix Worrell .... lyrics (28 episodes, 1990-1994)
 
Series Other crew
Diana Crystal Honey .... programme coordinator / assistant to producers (35 episodes, 1989-1994)
Annie Bruce .... script team (27 episodes, 1992-1994)
Paul McKenzie .... script team (27 episodes, 1992-1994)
Sharon Ricketts .... stage manager / floor manager (26 episodes, 1992-1994)
Laurence Goldbourne .... script team (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joan Hooley .... script team (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Alrick Riley .... script team (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Carol Williams .... script team (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jane Fryers .... continuity supervisor (13 episodes, 1992)
Iain McLean .... floor manager (13 episodes, 1992)
Patricia Williams .... stage management (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Peter Winstanley .... production accountant (7 episodes, 1989-1993)
Cheryll Gunn .... continuity supervisor / production assistant (7 episodes, 1990-1993)
Glynis Jones .... continuity supervisor (7 episodes, 1993)
Hilary Bevan Jones .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Melvyn Jones .... stage management (6 episodes, 1989)
Valerie Letley .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1989)
Gail Berryman .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1993)
Tony Humphreys .... production executive (3 episodes, 1990-1994)
Chris Power .... choreographer (3 episodes, 1993)
Mark Allen .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1990)
Kevin Hubbard .... stage management (2 episodes, 1990)
Jemilah Litvinoff .... production assistant / production team (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
 

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25 min (70 episodes) | 50 min (final episode)
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Black Humor From Across The Pond, 30 July 2001
Author: hillari from Chicago, USA

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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