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Series cast summary:
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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Caroline Aherne originally intended to co- write the show with Craig Cash but dropped out of the project for personal reasons and Phil Mealey came on board to co write and star with Cash. See more »

Quotes

Ken: [talking about the two coppers Phil and Nige] You know why they're not coming, don't ya?
Everyone: Why?
Ken: [holding up a sausage] Cos they won't eat their own!
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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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Ken is the King
20 September 2004 | by (Oldham, UK) – See all my reviews

This show is just about as good as TV gets. To watch it and suddenly realize 30 minutes have elapsed invariably surprises me. It is just about the most relaxing TV I have ever seen.

The Grapes is typical of the back street pub close to extinction in the north west of England. Especially one that serves cask conditioned beer. It's a celebration of it's gentle goings on and a sad obituary to their passing.

The latest series has just started and Ken realises the men in suits from the PubCo are round the corner, waiting to do what men in suits are consistently good at. Close the pub.

In the second episode, Ken soldiers on stoically, he has a cold, his bone idle fat arsed mother asks how the kettle works, the degenerate bobby's Phil and Nige are passing the dutchie in the back room and in the front room, the sparse customers expose their lives unashamedly because that's what you do in The Grapes.

After an episode packed with one liners, Ken finds himself propositioned by his barmaid. I only hope we don't have a storyline coming on. God forbid it. Early Doors is The Grapes not The Rovers Return.


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