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The Galton & Simpson Playhouse 

A series of seven individual sitcom pilots from writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
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John Bird John Bird ...  The Man 1 episode, 1977
Richard Briers ...  Henry Fairlane 1 episode, 1977
Charles Gray ...  Charles 1 episode, 1977
Roy Kinnear ...  Richard Burton 1 episode, 1977
Arthur Lowe ...  Henry Duckworth 1 episode, 1977
Warren Mitchell ...  Albert Cakebread 1 episode, 1977
Leonard Rossiter ...  Jim 1 episode, 1977
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ...  Linda 1 episode, 1977
Frances de la Tour ...  The Woman 1 episode, 1977
Gerald Flood 1 episode, 1977
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ...  Granny 1 episode, 1977
Freddie Jones ...  Peter 1 episode, 1977
Henry McGee Henry McGee ...  Roger Gresham 1 episode, 1977
Mona Washbourne ...  Ethel Duckworth 1 episode, 1977
Norman Chappell ...  The Other Man 1 episode, 1977
Nicholas Courtney ...  Bronzed Man 1 episode, 1977
Anton Diffring ...  Heinz Steiner 1 episode, 1977
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ...  Father 1 episode, 1977
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ...  Joyce 1 episode, 1977
Jan Waters Jan Waters ...  Linda Fairlane 1 episode, 1977
Lockwood West Lockwood West ...  Bishop 1 episode, 1977
Edwin Apps ...  Graham the Barman 1 episode, 1977
Ed Devereaux ...  Percy 1 episode, 1977
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning 1 episode, 1977
Frank Gatliff ...  Vicar 1 episode, 1977
Linda Hayden ...  Henry's Secretary 1 episode, 1977
Aubrey Morris ...  Nervous English Passenger 1 episode, 1977
Susan Baker Susan Baker ...  Flirtacious Secretary 1 episode, 1977
Roy Barraclough ...  Eric 1 episode, 1977
Maria Charles Maria Charles ...  Phyllis 1 episode, 1977
Freddie Earlle ...  Ticket Clerk 1 episode, 1977
Robert Gillespie ...  Barman 1 episode, 1977
Robin Parkinson Robin Parkinson 1 episode, 1977
John Clive John Clive ...  Man in Phonebox 1 episode, 1977
John Harvey John Harvey ...  Nigel 1 episode, 1977
André Maranne ...  Cable Car Attendant 1 episode, 1977
John Sharp ...  Irate Neighbour 1 episode, 1977
Kim Smith Kim Smith ...  Son 1 episode, 1977
Alister Williamson 1 episode, 1977
Edwin Brown 1 episode, 1977
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ...  Irate Neighbour's Wife 1 episode, 1977
Arnold Diamond ...  French Passenger 1 episode, 1977
Pauline Peart Pauline Peart ...  Pauline 1 episode, 1977
David Rowlands David Rowlands ...  Conservative 1 episode, 1977
Sally Watkins Sally Watkins ...  Daughter 1 episode, 1977
Claire Faulconbridge Claire Faulconbridge ...  Conservative 1 episode, 1977
Michael O'Hagan Michael O'Hagan ...  Party Guest 1 episode, 1977
Harry Tardios Harry Tardios ...  Italian Passenger 1 episode, 1977
John Cazabon ...  Ticket Clerk 1 episode, 1977
Edward Kemp Edward Kemp 1 episode, 1977
Penny Meredith Penny Meredith ...  Party Guest 1 episode, 1977
Geoffrey Davion Geoffrey Davion ...  Party Guest 1 episode, 1977
Alan Freeman Alan Freeman ...  Self 1 episode, 1977
Maggie Wright ...  Frau Steiner 1 episode, 1977
Lois Hantz Lois Hantz ...  Party Guest 1 episode, 1977
David Goodland David Goodland ...  Party Guest 1 episode, 1977
Nicola Rowley Nicola Rowley ...  Party Guest 1 episode, 1977
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A series of seven individual sitcom pilots from writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Galton & Simpson Playhouse See more »

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(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's... (1996) See more »

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19 July 2015 | by AlanjackdSee all my reviews

After re watching this a few days ago, ( I found a copy of the DVD on the internet) I sat and watched in the hope that something other than modern day so -called comedy would be hanging around in hibernation. I was not disappointed. The writers clearly have certain actors in mind as we see the script wrings out every bit of talent out of the stars.Household names like Len Rossiter, Richard Briers, the incredible Arthur Lowe,Roy Barraclough...the list goes on.Incredible comic performances and character structure makes this as fresh today as they were over 35 years ago. Each and every one of theses shows could have been made into a long running t.v series that would have been a million times better than todays rubbish. (A few to mention..The In-Betweeners..My Family...Out -Numbered..the list of shame goes on...)Modern day writers should be strapped into a chair with blinkers on and be sat in front of these episodes and MADE to look,listen and learn.Arthur Lowe could have taken his role and made it bigger than Dad's Army and Len Rossiters character Jim could have given at least 6 series ( I think Rigsby was Based on Jims character and made slightly less arrogant and toned down for the larger audience). Richard Briers is amazing as the frustrated husband and we see many big stars on their way up in cameos. Pushing the boat out I would say that maybe as far as British Comedy is concerned this is among the best of the best proudly sitting alongside such marvels as Steptoe, The 2 Ronnies. Morecambe and Wise,Rab Nesbitt,Dear John( Look it up),Dads Army,Nearest and Dearest,Love thy Neighbour....Classic real life pathos and genuine characters push this way up the list. It doesn't get better than this .


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