The gang discover a down and out musician sleeping on their bus, so help him by changing his image, name and musical style, turning him from Sidney into The Cool Cavalier. Now they need to promote him.

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Brinsley Forde ...
Spring
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Billie
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Brains
Douglas Simmonds ...
Doughnut
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Sticks
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Sidney - The Cool Cavalier
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The gang discover a down and out musician sleeping on their bus, so help him by changing his image, name and musical style, turning him from Sidney into The Cool Cavalier. Now they need to promote him.

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24 October 1970 (USA)  »

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Life is a Wonderful Thing
Written by Ivor Slaney and Glyn Jones
Performed by Gillian Bailey and the cast
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The Double Deckers Turn Starmakers!
1 June 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Gang are looking forward to a fish dinner, when they discover some greedy so-and-so has beaten them to it. Suspicion naturally falls on Doughnut. They send him to Coventry.

The real culprit is found sleeping rough on the roof of the Gang's bus

  • he is Sydney, a struggling pop singer. The Gang decides to give him a
helping hand on his road to stardom.

He is given a new name - 'The Cool Cavalier' - and dressed in the appropriate clothing. Brains constructs a special machine that plays recorded backing music.

With Albert's help, word goes around that the Cool Cavalier will make his official debut at a discotheque in the junkyard.

Of course things do not go as smoothly as planned...

A sweet little episode this, with surprisingly little slapstick. Richard Branson-lookalike Anthony May is good in the role of 'Sydney', although it seems improbable that in 1970 anyone with such a twee name as 'The Cool Cavalier' could have become a pop sensation.

The 'disco' the Double Deckers stage is very Austin Powers-ish, but one wonders why the neighbours did not send for the police on account of the noise.

Sydney's big moment arrives, and he acquits himself well, but alas the music machine blows up, and everyone flees. Sydney announces that he intends going home, his ambitions for stardom sated. It is one of the few sad endings to a 'Double Deckers' episode.

Funniest moment - Sydney singing a Bob Dylan-style protest song. The Gang look appalled. "I protest for a start!", quips Sticks.


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