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Plot:
Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.
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Awards:
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 28 of 94)
David Collings ... Father / ... (5 episodes, 1967-1990)

Stephen Fry ... Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1986-2001)

John Gielgud ... Himself (4 episodes, 1969-1988)

Michael Gough ... Astronaut / ... (4 episodes, 1969-1981)

André Previn ... Himself (4 episodes, 1973-1998)

Terry Gilliam ... Himself (4 episodes, 1976-2000)
David Puttnam ... Himself (4 episodes, 1982-1992)
Humphrey Burton ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1976-1986)
Kirsty Wark ... Herself - Narrator / ... (3 episodes, 2001)
Henry Livings ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1967)
Barry Norman ... Himself - Presenter (3 episodes, 1982)

Ginger Baker ... Himself (3 episodes, 1968-1973)

Jack Bruce ... Himself (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Jonathan Miller ... Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1995)

Ken Russell ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1968-1986)
Pink Floyd ... Themselves (3 episodes, 1968-1994)

Dudley Moore ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1969-1995)
Tommy Steele ... Himself (3 episodes, 1969-1983)

Dirk Bogarde ... Himself (3 episodes, 1972-1988)

Marcel Marceau ... Himself (3 episodes, 1972-1974)

Claire Bloom ... Herself (3 episodes, 1974-1997)

Ella Fitzgerald ... Herself (3 episodes, 1974-1989)

Terry Jones ... Himself (3 episodes, 1976-2001)
Eleanor Bron ... Herself (3 episodes, 1976-1995)

Barry Humphries ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1976-1995)

Chuck Jones ... Himself (3 episodes, 1980-2001)

Victor Spinetti ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1994)
Ben Elton ... Himself (3 episodes, 1986-1995)
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Series Directed by
Ken Russell (5 episodes, 1967-1970)
Robert Vas (4 episodes, 1967-1974)
Tony Palmer (4 episodes, 1968-1973)
Don Taylor (4 episodes, 1969-1974)
Fred Burnley (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robin Lough (3 episodes, 1973-1986)
Christopher Sykes (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Nadia Haggar (3 episodes, 1992-1997)
Christopher Burstall (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Leslie Megahey (2 episodes, 1976-1981)
Michael MacIntyre (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan Benson (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Cyril Frankel (2 episodes, 1983)
Anna Benson Gyles (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
Peter Sasdy (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Writing credits
Ken Russell (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
Don Taylor (3 episodes, 1969-1972)
Fred Burnley (2 episodes, 1969)
Robert Vas (2 episodes, 1970-1974)
John Read (2 episodes, 1974-1981)

Series Produced by
Barrie Gavin .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Leslie Megahey .... executive producer / producer / ... (6 episodes, 1980-1988)
Alan Yentob .... executive producer / producer / ... (5 episodes, 1975-1986)
Basil Comely .... series editor / executive producer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Andrew Snell .... executive producer / series producer (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ken Russell .... producer (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
Nadia Haggar .... producer / assistant producer (3 episodes, 1986-1994)
Christopher Sykes .... producer (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Christopher Burstall .... producer (2 episodes, 1967-1972)
John Read .... producer (2 episodes, 1974-1981)
Julia Cave .... producer (2 episodes, 1976-1986)
Roger Graef .... producer (2 episodes, 1976-1986)
Roy Ackerman .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1995-1998)
Karen Steyn .... producer (2 episodes, 1995-1998)
Francis Whately .... producer (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
 
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (1 episode, 1967)
Herbert Chappell (1 episode, 1969)
Joseph Horovitz (1 episode, 1970)
György Ligeti (1 episode, 1976)
Mike Westbrook (1 episode, 1976)
Traditional Music (1 episode, 1977)
Ken MacMillan (1 episode, 1981)
Gustave Faure (1 episode, 1983)
Alexander Balanescu (1 episode, 1997)
Syd Barrett (1 episode, 2001)
 
Series Cinematography by
Philip Bonham-Carter (4 episodes, 1972-1978)
Nat Crosby (3 episodes, 1967-1984)
Brian Tufano (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
John Hooper (3 episodes, 1976-1987)
Nigel Walters (3 episodes, 1983-1986)
Dick Bush (2 episodes, 1968)
Eugene Carr (2 episodes, 1969-1986)
Phil Gries (2 episodes, 1973-1994)
David Whitson (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Goodyer (2 episodes, 1994-2001)
Mark Molesworth (1 episode, 1988)

Jeremy Stavenhagen (unknown episodes, 1997)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dave King (19 episodes, 1968-1990)
Tony Woollard (4 episodes, 1967-1975)
Roger Crittenden (3 episodes, 1967-1972)
Allen Charlton (3 episodes, 1993-1995)
Basil Comely (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Christopher Swayne (2 episodes, 1986-1994)
Ged Murphy (2 episodes, 2001)

Rob Sylvester (unknown episodes, 1997)
Nigel Williams (unknown episodes, 1997)
Barry Cornely (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Judy Steel (4 episodes, 1968-1974)
 
Series Art Direction by
Sabina Daley (1 episode, 2000)
 
Series Costume Design by
Shirley Russell (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
Valerie Spooner (2 episodes, 1972-1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
Shirley Boakes .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1967-1970)
Elizabeth Moss .... make-up / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1968-1972)
Eileen Mair .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Production Management
Paula Leonard .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1986-1992)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin Dudley .... assistant director (1 episode, 1968)
Doris Jordan .... assistant director (1 episode, 1968)
 
Series Art Department
Pete Wane .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1988-2001)
 
Series Sound Department
Alan Dykes .... dubbing mixer / sound / ... (4 episodes, 1968-1975)
Stan Morcom .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
John Murphy .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Peter Rann .... dubbing mixer / sound (2 episodes, 1976-1980)
Michael Whitehouse .... sound / sound recordist (2 episodes, 1994-2002)
Anthony Wornum .... sound / sound recordist (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Donna Bertaccini .... film recordist / location sound mixer (1 episode, 1988)

Martyn Clift .... sound recordist (unknown episodes, 1997)
John Crossland .... sound recordist (unknown episodes, 1997)
John Hooper .... sound recordist (unknown episodes, 1997)
Craig Irving .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes, 1997)
Michael Lax .... sound (unknown episodes, 2000)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Simon Dowling .... optical effects (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Kipling .... rostrum camera (3 episodes, 1984-1988)
Ken Morse .... camera operator: rostrum camera / rostrum camera (3 episodes, 1988-1998)
Colin Waldeck .... camera operator / film cameraman (2 episodes, 1982-1986)
John Clement .... camera operator: rostrum camera / rostrum camera (2 episodes, 1986-1992)
Joe Waters .... rostrum camera (2 episodes, 1986)
Mark Molesworth .... camera operator / film cameraman (2 episodes, 1988-2000)
 
Series Editorial Department
Julian Miller .... film editor (2 episodes, 1982)

Andy Quested .... on-line editor (unknown episodes, 1997)
 
Series Music Department
Frederick Delius .... composer: stock music (1 episode, 1968)
Richard Strauss .... music by (1 episode, 1970)
Mike Westbrook .... musician (1 episode, 1976)
Nicolas Bloomfield .... composer: titles music (1 episode, 2000)
 
Series Other crew
Warwick Gee .... film operations manager / programme servicing manager (3 episodes, 1986-1992)
Geoffrey Haydon .... assistant to director (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Sheila Lally .... assistant to director / producer's assistant (2 episodes, 1968-1980)
Leslie Megahey .... series editor (2 episodes, 1978-1986)
Andrew Snell .... series editor (2 episodes, 1988-1992)
Charles Gatward .... titles (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
 
Series Thanks
Michael Eaton .... special thanks (1 episode, 1973)
D.A. Pennebaker .... thanks (1 episode, 1975)
Steen Mariboe .... thanks: DKB Concertpromotions APS (1 episode, 1988)
Flemming Schmidt .... thanks: DKB Concertpromotions APS (1 episode, 1988)
Kevin Brownlow .... thanks (1 episode, 1992)
Dan Ford .... thanks (1 episode, 1992)
George Mitchell .... thanks (1 episode, 1992)
Gill Gilman .... special thanks (1 episode, 2000)
Geoff Leonard .... thanks (1 episode, 2000)
Simon Watney .... the producers wish to thank (1 episode, 2000)
Marina Baker .... thanks (1 episode, 2001)
Sam Morris .... thanks (1 episode, 2001)
Sam Burgess .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Kumar Changrani .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Jan Eade .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Noell James .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Shekhar Kapur .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Feroz Khan .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Cathy Maede .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Tris Penna .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Saira Rahman .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
S. Sivakumar .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
Navdeep Suri .... thanks (1 episode, 2002)
 

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Save Gilbert and Sullivan now!, 10 September 1999
Author: Darragh O' Donoghue (hitch1899_@hotmail.com) from Dublin, Ireland

For a good while now, there have been persistant fears in Britain about both the declining quality, and quantity, of arts-based programmes on television. This is undoubtedly true (note the South Bank Show's humiliating ratings-chasing decline), and OMNIBUS itself is hardly the force it was a couple of decades ago (a recent edition concerned British sitcoms, like they aren't dissected every two minutes in this culture), although it can still spring surprises, like the Jean Renoir double-programme about five years ago. Last night I saw an edition called 'Gilbert and Sullivan: Instant Merriment', which was one such treat.

It wasn't specifically about the duo per se, but a Gilbert and Sullivan obsessive and businessman, Ian Smith, who, sensing a decline in G&S appreciation since the disbanding of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1982 (whose raison d'etre was to stage specifically the Savoy Operas), tried to revivify interest by setting up a G&S International Festival, in 1997, in the US and Britain.

The brilliance of the programme was the way it set up and moved from the buzz and elation of putting on the festival, the sight (and sound) of different American amateur companies performing these sublime works, or devotees singing choruses on buses to the bewilderment of natives, or pretentious, prolix Anglophiles marvelling at English 'refinement', to the melancholy reality of lack of interest, poor ticket sales, gradual (though denied) disillusionment.

There is little attempt to explain why G&S could be relevant today - most people talk about their jolly good fun, or, at best, 'gentle satire'. But G&S are savage: the music makes use of sophisticated, subversive pastiche, parody and irony; while Gilbert's lyrics can be brutal, bitter, nasty, cruel, mocking, and laceratingly satiric behind the polished verse. There is little sympathy with authority, repression, hypocrisy, double-talk, stereotypes or the cult of mother-love.

As well as being a brilliant, furious attack on the British establishment, The Mikado, for example, is the first post-colonial critique, perceptively noting the repressive systems of signification behind British (and Western) Orientalism. Why do you think Mike Leigh is making a film about them? One pioneering producer has sensed this, and we see some of her intriguing modern-dress versions of G&S, set in Northern mills etc., which politicise G&S to the horror of old school connoisseurs.

It is these fuddy-duddy relics who are responsible for G&S's decline. For them, the Savoy Operas are a cosy, unchanged, untroubled Victorian idyll; their biggest proponents seem to be clergymen, businessmen, and silly Americans. Too many old fogeys reminisce Rowley Birkin, QC-style about the dear things, and you feel, to your horror, that you're turning into your grandparents because you adore G&S. One similarly-minded critic bemoans this 'ossified' treatment, suggesting an injection of new blood with the use of comedians such as Stephen Fry or Harry Enfield. An intriguing idea (why stop there - what about a SOUTH PARK Mikado?), but one thing is for sure: Gilbert would have poured moulten scorn on the timid little minds seeking to make respectable his name.

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