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...And the Band Played On (1980)

The Shillingbury Blowers (original title)
The equilibrium of a small English village is upset by the arrival of a pop star and his wife. When he takes over the conductorship of the local brass band after the previous conductor ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Saltie
... Peter
Diane Keen ... Sally
Jack Douglas ... Jake
Sam Kydd ... Reggie
Eric Francis ... Sam
Joe Black ... Harvey
Tony Sympson ... Basil
... Council Chairman
... Mr. Meadows
Diana King ... Mrs. Simpkins
... Mr. Fennel
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The equilibrium of a small English village is upset by the arrival of a pop star and his wife. When he takes over the conductorship of the local brass band after the previous conductor resigns, he finds a bunch of untalented but touchy old men that need to be whipped into shape and find their own distinctive style. Written by pat evans

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Closing credits: The Characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely co-incidental and unintentional. See more »

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[at the parish council meeting, the treasurer has announced that tickets worth £114 were sold for the brass band concert]
Mr. Fennel: But that was for sale of tickets, not for the people who actually turned up. There were sixteen in all, and nine of those accounted for the six pound profit at the bar.
Dan 'Saltie' Wicklow: Damn poor turnout.
Council Chairman: Yes but it was still a profit. After all, if there hadn't been a concert, people couldn't have bought tickets not to come.
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Follows Shillingbury Tales (1980) See more »

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Band on the mend
8 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This made for television film aimed for the cosy charm of country life as depicted in All Creatures Great and Small. We even see a cow giving birth at one point.

Peter Higgins (Robin Nedwell) is a pop musician who on the insistence of his wife Sally (Diane Keen) has moved to a nice, quaint village. However the locals are upset when Peter replaces Salty (Trevor Howard) as the brass band conductor as the parish council deems them to be awful.

The rest of the band who are mainly old men are rather upset than upstart has usurped Salty and go on a work to rule. They actually sound better.

This television movie is charming and rather expensive looking, although it does look a tad slow now. It lead to a television series as well as a spin off comedy.

Sadly most of the cast from this film are now dead. Notable exceptions being Diane Keen and Miles Anderson who popped up in the Oscar winning La La Land.


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