Saturday morning magazine show based around a busy house in Maidstone, Kent - No. 73 - featuring star guests, music, cartoons and fun. The twist to the show was that its presenters played ... See full summary »
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 Dawn Lodge / ... (118 episodes, 1982-1988)
Nick Staverson ...
 Harry Stern / ... (114 episodes, 1982-1987)
Neil Buchanan ...
 Himself / ... (87 episodes, 1982-1988)
Sandi Toksvig ...
 Ethel Davis / ... (82 episodes, 1982-1986)
Kim Goody ...
 Herself / ... (69 episodes, 1982-1987)
Jeannie Crowther ...
 Hazel Edwards / ... (54 episodes, 1982-1987)
Richard Addison ...
 Martin Edwards / ... (51 episodes, 1982-1987)
David Taylor ...
 Himself (48 episodes, 1982-1987)
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Saturday morning magazine show based around a busy house in Maidstone, Kent - No. 73 - featuring star guests, music, cartoons and fun. The twist to the show was that its presenters played characters rather than themselves, adding a subplot to the show each week as various different dramas and escapades were experienced by Kim, Neil, Harry, Dawn and co. each week. Written by Moe-6

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Ethel Davis: Now, let's go boogie with the band!
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During the first three seasons, the presenters/cast members were not credited by their actual names, but as their characters during the end credits. However, they all did receive a writers credit for 'additional dialogue' as they contributed the bulk of their own dialogue. Patrick Doyle, who played two different parts, left the cast before the start of the fourth season, and was therefore only credited on screen as a writer (as 'Pat Doyle') and not as an actor. See more »

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Simply The Best!
1 July 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Simply great. "No 73" was the best Saturday morning children's TV series I've ever seen - and having seen an episode recently, I'm struck by what fun the colourful 1980s fashions, so derided in the priggish 90s and 2000s, actually were.

Centre stage was Sandi Toksvig as Ethel. Ethel was a bit of a dithering dimwit of a landlady, kind as could be, but definitely not the brightest of people. This made Ms Toksvig's slides out of character into her own sharp minded and witty self all the more enjoyable.

The next door neighbours, Hazel and Martin Edwards, were a very 1980s TV couple. The ethos of that decade was to show that men shared many of the faults traditionally associated only with women, and Martin was the nag and sticky beak. Hazel was good natured and long-suffering.

Guest bands, originally in the lounge, later in the cellar, included the Red Skins and the Associates, not your usual Saturday morning pop idols.

The rest of the cast, Dawn, Harry, Neil, Kim and Fred the postman all added their own distinctive charms to the series and the brilliance of fictional comic chaos mixed with Saturday morning magazine style, was inspired.

The show was never the same after Sandi left in 1986. The house was finally demolished in 1988, to be replaced, briefly, by a Wild West theme park. Awful.

But from 1982 to 1986 No 73 was, in my humble opinion, simply the best!


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