Breakfast Serials

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1990 on BBC1

EARLY HANDIWORK of RUSSELL “CREATED DR WHO” T DAVIES when he was still schlepping away in BBC Manchester. Broadcast at 8 o’clock on Saturday mornings when only the most avid telly kids were up. Six different sections in all, the first being The Kitchen Crew with the puppets, who would link the others, which were, firstly, Cheapo TV: unfunny TV parodies filmed in a park in Salford (although one of GENTLE BEN was quite good), then Single Tales: basically JACKANORY. You may remember Billy Butler telling stories on CHUCKLEVISION about families in Liverpool, and this was more or less the same thing. Zounds: terrible drama school style surrealism (Woman walks past – ‘I AM ANGRY!’ Other woman – ‘I am sad!’ Crap like that). Runners: some sci-fi thing. You read comics while this was on. NiceChap: another drama thing. This was clearly so expensive to make for such a bad slot it didn’t come back. Replaced, as ever, by EGGS’N’BAKER. Cast: four people who have never worked again. Names, let it be known, were Caroline Berry, William Petrie, Lucy Jenkins and Jon Biggins.

TV CREAM SAYS: WHAT, NO TOKEN GAY CHARACTER?

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4 Responses to “Breakfast Serials”

  1. Applemask says:

    This would never be coimissioned now. It’s not like anything else. It’s not obvious who it’s aimed at. And yeah, the budget is lopsided.

  2. Steve Williams says:

    This was one of the very first things I wrote for TV Cream, at least a decade ago. The mention of Eggs’n’Baker is because I really wanted to do an entry for Eggs’n’Baker. Jon Biggins is now Jack Dee’s pissed-off neighbour in Lead Balloon.

  3. Hmmmm… Is one William Petrie any relation to Ed Petrie, who now does CBBC?

    Eggs’n’Baker, all I seem to remember about it is that it came from what appeared to be a bohemian 80’s flat kitchen… If things had been different then Cheryl could have been in the slot filled by Sophie Dahl…

    Now there’s a thought!

  4. Cannonball says:

    Loved this when it was on. I enjoyed Runners and have fond memories of The Almighty Teacosy, and the Zounda classic “the sad lady”

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