The dodgy business deals of an older brother finally catch up with him, forcing him and his blameless younger brother to seek refuge in the family theme park business in Blackpool. The ... See full summary »
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...  Eddie Baker 7 episodes, 1990
...  Mike Baker 7 episodes, 1990
Sandy Hendrickse ...  Theresa Ryan 7 episodes, 1990
...  Danny Ryan 7 episodes, 1990
Sue Jenkins ...  Julie Ryan 7 episodes, 1990
June Barrie ...  Maria Ryan 7 episodes, 1990
Natalie Butterworth ...  Danny and Julie's Child 6 episodes, 1990
Suzanne Watt ...  Danny and Julie's Child 6 episodes, 1990
Joe Marlow ...  Seamus Ryan 5 episodes, 1990
Andrew Aspden ...  Danny and Julie's Child 5 episodes, 1990
Teddy Askey ...  Pete the Dwarf / ... 3 episodes, 1990
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The dodgy business deals of an older brother finally catch up with him, forcing him and his blameless younger brother to seek refuge in the family theme park business in Blackpool. The tension of this drama series, which ran for seven episodes in 1990, is whether or not Howitt's character can stay on the straight and narrow or if he will end up getting himself or his brother killed. Written by Lori Grey

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One of the best TV dramas
2 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Conceived as a replacement to Minder when Dennis Waterman left, and produced by Minder's former executive producer Verity Lambert (of Doctor Who fame), this is an exceptionally well put together series. Brilliantly written, with some genuinely moving story lines, it was actually well ahead of Minder of this period in terms of script quality, and on a par in production quality. It was helped no end by some very engaging leads, particularly James Purefoy, who had his TV debut here, and Sandy Hendrickse (The Office) as the love interest.

It also benefited from its Blackpool locations, which made it stand out from the crowd.

Sadly there was only one season of this excellent comedy drama, and it has never been repeated on terrestrial TV. It did get a repeat on satellite channel Granada Plus in the 1990s, but this can be ignored as it was heavily edited. In fact, in episode 3, they actually edited out a key scene which made the denouement meaningless!

I hope this can be repeated or released on DVD (but not the Granada Plus version!!!).


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