The Dustbinmen (1969–1970)

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Bryan Pringle ...
 Cheese and Egg (21 episodes, 1969-1970)
Trevor Bannister ...
 Heavy Breathing (21 episodes, 1969-1970)
Graham Haberfield ...
 Winston Platt (21 episodes, 1969-1970)
Tim Wylton ...
 Eric (21 episodes, 1969-1970)
John Barrett ...
 Smellie Ibbotson (18 episodes, 1969-1970)
Brian Wilde ...
 Bloody Delilah (14 episodes, 1970)
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Child actor Bernard Padden performed the uncredited cry of "Mam! It's the dustbinmen!" for the opening sequence. See more »

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Ere Mum!, it's the Dustbinmen!!
15 September 2004 | by (Sussex, England) – See all my reviews

That 'cry' which preceded the music in the opening titles was supposed to rhyme, but like this series, fell slightly short of its target.

I actually saw this when it went out in the 1960's, and although it then survived the transition to colour, it hasn't stood the test of time. The late Bryan Pringle, (who could have easily earned an Oscar in a school play) is the central character as "Cheese'n'egg". Superior and domineering, he can never quite figure out why the rest of the world doesn't understand him. The rest of the crew have IQ's that collectively add up to less than the days in a month, and add comic relief to 'Eggs' frustration.

To those that judge it harshly I would say remember this was the 1960's. Sophistication wasn't at the top of the agenda, and this was intentionally aired at a time when kids could see it, and many did. Admittedly, and regrettably, it was clearly a turkey, lasting no more than 20 episodes (presumably two seasons, the second being colour.) But it had a charm, and certainly projected one or two of those involved to better things: more than one seventies sitcom star had an early outing in this offering.

If, like me (at the age of twelve,) you were mildly amused at the sight of a Dustcart with the name Thunderbird 3 chalked on the back, ambling up the road while one man bullied a bunch of idiots, then this is for you.


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