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John Henshaw ...
 Ken (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rita May ...
 Jean (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Eddie (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Craig Cash ...
 Joe (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rodney Litchfield ...
 Tommy (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Lorraine Cheshire ...
 Joan (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Phil Mealey ...
 Duffy (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
James Quinn ...
 Phil (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Nige (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Melanie (11 episodes, 2003-2004)
Susan Cookson ...
 Tanya (11 episodes, 2003-2004)
Joan Kempson ...
 Winnie (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Debbie (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
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The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan Cookson). Ken's wife left him for his best friend. The series reflects more than a little of the Northern humour displayed in The Royle Family (co-written by Cash). In a similar style to The Royle Family, every scene unfolds within the spatial context of The Grapes and it is also set in the Greater Manchester area. Written by John Mullee

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In the second series Joe refers to Melanie's previous boyfriend as being "shameless" for the way he dumped her. This is an in- joke about former co star James McAvoy (who played Mel's boyfriend in season 1) who had left the show to star in the hit Channel 4 series Shameless. See more »

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Nige: [after Ken turns down a spliff] You know, if you were any squarer Ken, you'd be an Oxo cube.
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Referenced in Sunshine: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

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Small World
Written and performed by Roddy Frame
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Another criminally ignored gem
13 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Why is it that every comedy now has to either have some "incredibly original" gimmick, or be extremely vulgar, or both, to hit it big? This consigns near-masterpieces like Early Doors to the slops bucket of TV history. Yes, as many observe, little happens in the course of the half hour, but you certainly don't even think about that when you're watching it. Cash and Mealey's genius is to realise that everybody's lives are generally repetitive, and so they are likely to have the same discussion in the same refuge every day. This is never treated with a hint of irony, but genuine warmth for the old school pubs that Ken and his lost bretheren run. Lacklustre shows like The Smoking Room and Little Britain, so pleased with themselves and determined to run down the losers, halfwits and layabouts of this world, would do well to learn from this and find that happiness is in whatever routine you, not society, carves out for you.


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