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Early Doors 

The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
John Henshaw ...  Ken 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Rita May Rita May ...  Jean 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Mark Benton ...  Eddie 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Craig Cash ...  Joe 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Rodney Litchfield Rodney Litchfield ...  Tommy 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Lorraine Cheshire Lorraine Cheshire ...  Joan 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Phil Mealey Phil Mealey ...  Duffy 12 episodes, 2003-2004
James Quinn ...  Phil 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Peter Wight ...  Nige 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Christine Bottomley ...  Melanie 11 episodes, 2003-2004
Susan Cookson Susan Cookson ...  Tanya 11 episodes, 2003-2004
Joan Kempson Joan Kempson ...  Winnie 9 episodes, 2003-2004
Lisa Millett ...  Debbie 9 episodes, 2003-2004
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Storyline

The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan Cookson). Ken's wife left him for his best friend. The series reflects more than a little of the Northern humour displayed in The Royle Family (co-written by Cash). In a similar style to The Royle Family, every scene unfolds within the spatial context of The Grapes and it is also set in the Greater Manchester area. Written by John Mullee

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English

Release Date:

12 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Первые двери See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the second series Joe refers to Melanie's previous boyfriend as being "shameless" for the way he dumped her. This is an in- joke about former co star James McAvoy (who played Mel's boyfriend in season 1) who had left the show to star in the hit Channel 4 series Shameless. See more »

Quotes

Ken: [talking about Joan and Eddie] If they were any thicker, they'd set.
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Referenced in Sunshine: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

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A hidden gem that is vastly overlooked and underrated.
27 September 2016 | by MUFCOKSee all my reviews

Set solely in a Northern Boozer in Manchester, Early Doors is a sitcom with a small selection of witty characters. It is a fly on the wall type show which is packed full with realism, witty dialogue and lovable, complete characters who all add something special to the show. It is one of the most relaxing shows I have ever seen and at 3 hours per season, time will fly by without you noticing whatsoever.

The assemble of characters is what makes this show so memorable as they are all perfectly created and the actors/actresses are selected with faultless precision. You have the barman Ken with his adopted daughter Mel and his Mother, his Mothers cleaner and friend, the old miserable man who doesn't like conversation or to be involved in anything and who is angry at the world. The best friend men in dead end jobs who have marriage problems, the table of gossiping women, out for free drinks, looking to cop off and the oddball couple who have a heart of gold but are ultimately social outcasts, although they are still loved by everybody! There are also a couple of on- duty bent coppers who regularly appear for free drinks in return for 'law enforcement'. Other characters come and go but that is your main group and it works perfectly!

Early Doors taps in to the concept that the average person who is working class, visits the boozer night after night to drink the cheapest beer they can find and smoke their nights away, is more than happy to see the same people every night and talk about unimportant things, often repeated daily. Runnings jokes are common in this show and they make it all the funnier, it doesn't get boring or repetitive, it's simply realistic and hilarious. The temporary traffic light joke is a prime example of this!

Craig Cash writes and stars in this and he does it in complete comedy gold. Not much happens in each episode, nothing needs to happen really. All you need is good dialogue, witty sarcastic banter and a sense of working class realism to make it feel authentic and special. Craig Cash masters this perfectly. You could say it's the Royle Family in a pub, or Phoenix Nights without Peter Kay. I would say it's neither as it has its own style and is strong enough to stand on its own as a British Classic, an overlooked gem which sadly doesn't get the recognition that it truly deserves.

10/10


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