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Cast

Series cast summary:
John Henshaw 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 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 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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Release Date:

12 May 2003 (UK) See more »

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Первые двери See more »

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Stereo

Color:

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 the two coppers Phil and Nige] You know why they're not coming, don't ya?
Everyone: Why?
Ken: [holding up a sausage] Cos they won't eat their own!
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Connections

Referenced in Sunshine: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

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Written and performed by Roddy Frame
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15 April 2006 | by tings72See all my reviews

I love Early Doors! Every character is so complete and every one of them each have their moment of the comic genius. Some of my favourites are of the cleaner, Winnie, winding up Jean - especially the scene where she's winding Jean up about her husband going to court for 'allegedly' being too familiar with the barmaids.

Scenes that absolutely kill me are: 'Do you like circuses?' 'And all the kids shout out 'where's dopey?'' There are just too many moments of comic genius and this is the only comedy (other than The Royale Family) that I can watch over and over again and never get bored of it.

Please, please, Craig Cash, if you read this, do a third series! I know you can do it. Save us from crap like 'My Family'! You're the best.


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