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The Strange World of Gurney Slade 

Gurney Slade wanders from place to place after breaking the fourth wall to escape from the mundanities of making a family sitcom.








Series cast summary:
Anthony Newley ...  Gurney Slade 6 episodes, 1960
Edwin Richfield ...  Husband / ... 3 episodes, 1960
Joy Stewart Joy Stewart ...  Wife / ... 3 episodes, 1960
Margaret Cox Margaret Cox ...  Frank's Daughter 3 episodes, 1960
John Bosh John Bosh ...  Frank's Son 3 episodes, 1960
Bernie Winters Bernie Winters ...  Albert 2 episodes, 1960
Douglas Wilmer ...  Prosecuting Counsel 2 episodes, 1960
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ...  Tinker 2 episodes, 1960
Una Stubbs ...  Girl in Park / ... 2 episodes, 1960
Anneke Wills ...  Girl on Airfield 2 episodes, 1960
Keith Smith Keith Smith ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 1960
Ann Lancaster Ann Lancaster ...  Dog 2 episodes, 1960


Gurney Slade wanders from place to place after breaking the fourth wall to escape from the mundanities of making a family sitcom.

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Release Date:

22 October 1960 (UK) See more »

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(6 Episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Anthony Newley insisted that his childhood friend Bernie Winters be cast as the only other regular performer on the show See more »

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Why Was I Watching This at Age Nine?
11 December 2018 | by coolanticSee all my reviews

I was reminded of this tv series recently when watching one of Tony Newley's old films on Talking Pictures. In 1960, at the age of 9 I was a fan of Newley as a singer. At that stage I wasn't even aware of his acting career. So, when he appeared in Gurney Slade, I assumed it was something new for him. Which it was; but not in the way I thought. My interest in most media was a bit alternative e.g. The Goons etc. which my parents couldn't quite understand, but were quite happy for me to indulge in. Thus, for me Gurney Slade was a joy. So far out. I hadn't a clue what was going on. Each episode seemed to consist of a vague situation or challenge arising from chance encounters and which needed to be resolved. But in between there were a series of weird, puzzling and quite barmy occurrences. Note, I didn't say surreal since I hadn't heard the word at the time. Way ahead of its time, I suppose I caught up with its premise by the time Monty Python appeared. In the meantime I contented myself intriguing my schoolmates by relating the episodes and walking around whistling the quirky, jazzy theme tune!

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