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Coast to Coast 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 4 January 1987
Two guys meet, one American, a deserter from the US army, one Brit, and they are drawn together by their mutual love of Soul music. Neither being gainfully employed they decide to start a ... See full summary »


Sandy Johnson


Stan Hey





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Henry ... Ritchie Lee
John Shea ... John Carloff
Peter Vaughan ... The Chiropodist
George Baker ... Greaves
Cherie Lunghi ... Susan
Pete Postlethwaite ... Kecks McGuinness
Al Matthews ... Curtis Duchamps
Edward Peel ... Police Constable
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... Police Constable
Bobby Knutt ... Garage Owner
Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Courier
Iggy Navarro Iggy Navarro ... Cato
Ken Sharrock Ken Sharrock ... Police Inspector
Gerry White Gerry White ... Desk Sergeant
Alan Bird Alan Bird ... Reporter


Two guys meet, one American, a deserter from the US army, one Brit, and they are drawn together by their mutual love of Soul music. Neither being gainfully employed they decide to start a mobile disco service for fellow soul lovers, which leads them to buy an ice cream van, and the adventure begins. Before long they find themselves on the run from the bad guys and the police. Written by jez-9

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4 January 1987 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Ritchie: A wedding in Kirby. You're kidding, right? We'll need to take out extra insurance. There's always a fight and some knobhead going through your records.
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Royalties to blame?
20 August 2006 | by thetrueblueSee all my reviews

As everyone knows this was a GREAT film with a classic soundtrack of at least a couple of dozen classic soul tracks, and must be thoroughly deserving of either a repeat broadcast, or an official release onto DVD. Sadly, it seems likely that the price of royalties for Tamla might well be the stumbling block in getting the film back out, but surely the original broadcaster (was it the BBC?) must have had some repeat permissions written into the music licences? Surely that is standard fayre! And what an opportunity for Tamla to do a "Soundtrack" CD to coincide with it's release! Come on, surely there's someone who reads these posting who knows how to seed an idea in the right place? For people to still be clamouring for a film that has not seen the screens for some twenty years, there must be something about it that deserves another look?

FURTHER to the above, i've been in touch with Lenny Henry via his web site and he confirms that the problem with a DVD release is indeed the royalties. He also said that there was no Coast to Coast 2 as they "...couldn't get the script right. Some things are best left alone."

Finally, on a happier point, Lenny confirmed that he is constantly going on at the BBC to do a repeat. Perhaps if everyone started bombarding the BBC with requests for a repeat they might at least think about it. As i said in my original post, surely there were some repeat rights written into the original licences?

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