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The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff 

BBC comedy series parodying the works of Charles Dickens and heavily influenced by a similar, long-running radio series. A respectable shopkeeper, Jedrington Secret-Past, (unsurprisingly) discovers that he has a secret past.
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Series cast summary:
Robert Webb ...  Jedrington Secret-Past 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Katherine Parkinson ...  Conceptiva 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Finlay Christie ...  Victor 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Ambra Lily Keegan Ambra Lily Keegan ...  Victoria 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Tim McInnerny ...  Harmswell Grimstone 3 episodes, 2012
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ...  Pusweasel 3 episodes, 2012
Sarah Hadland ...  Primly Tightclench 3 episodes, 2012
Kevin Eldon ...  Servegood 3 episodes, 2012
Blake Harrison ...  Smalcolm 3 episodes, 2012
Mark Evans Mark Evans ...  Businessman / ... 3 episodes, 2011-2012
David Mitchell ...  Jolliforth Jollington 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ...  Mrs. Grrumblechoop 2 episodes, 2012
Fergus Craig Fergus Craig ...  Poor Person 2 episodes, 2012
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Margaret Cabourn-Smith ...  Moustache Woman / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Adrian Edmondson ...  Headmaster Wackville 2 episodes, 2012
Hector McCormick Hector McCormick ...  Date-And-Time Boy / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Calum MacPherson Calum MacPherson ...  Gob / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Abigail Burdess Abigail Burdess ...  Mary-Anne / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Dave Lamb Dave Lamb ...  Ghost of Christmas Past / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
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BBC comedy series parodying the works of Charles Dickens and heavily influenced by a similar, long-running radio series. A respectable shopkeeper, Jedrington Secret-Past, (unsurprisingly) discovers that he has a secret past.

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December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Loja Sombria See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.36 (2012) See more »

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So there you have it, something a little different.
7 January 2012 | by boohoomianSee all my reviews

I thought it a smashing success in so far as it managed to uncover our expectations towards these oldy-timey-feely Christmas programs and build up a not-altogether-unpleasant-to-the-eye caricature or formula of the whole business. In our silly and trusting ways, we incline towards taking that, which is portrayed in a more serious manner, as trustworthy representation of actual fact, or indeed merely more likely to convey 'the way it really-really was', the selling of dodo-crisps or what have you is perfect in so far as it exposes the core of the genre (and of the entire medium, while we're on the subject) as something that is wholly constructed and artificial. One wasn't 'sucked in' as with films that are more tightly woven, but the characters, albeit superficial, were still entirely charming on an as-is basis and as the unnaturalness disturbed the viewer, it also set off a thought process thereby also including the them, which is something that these mini-holidays usually don't succeed in doing. So nods to Messrs Mitchell, Webb and Fry.


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