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    Yet another post from me: This series was canned after it's star died.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agfagaevart View Post
    Yet another post from me: This series was canned after it's star died.
    No, not really. The star was replaced, and it ran for 2 more years.

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    Prior to clicking on the link, I correctly assumed that you were referring to Tripper's Day - I always thought that they were two different programmes, albeit with the same theme - a sitcom set in a Kwik Save / Lo Cost like 1980s supermarket.

    I don't really remember the Rossiter version, although he does perform in the series rather like a poor man's John Cleese to be honest - very different to Rising Damp. Ironically, Bruce Forsyth gets mentioned in the first episode of that series by Rossiter with one of the co-stars going "good game, good game", mimicking Forsyth's voice - not the character he played two years later in Slinger's Day, but by Forsyth himself by name.

    Slinger's Day was not too bad - ITV gave Forsyth plenty of exposure during the autumn 1986 schedules - he was doing Slinger's for Thames, while on Fridays of the same week, he was appearing as himself in Play Your Cards Right! What with his Hot Streak game show in the States and his cameo as a game show host in Magnum PI, Brucie's 1986 diary must have been full to the brim at the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by I. R. Fincham View Post
    No, not really. The star was replaced, and it ran for 2 more years.

    It wasn't the same. Did not have the same name. Only simlarity was the supermarket. Bruce Forsyth was totally unsuitable for a sitcom.

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    Forsyth may have been able to make people laugh and tell jokes, but he wasn't a magnificent actor, despite appearing in the odd film as well. They probably thought that "he is a funny man, so he would be suitable for a sitcom". On the other hand, did Leonard Rossiter do plain comedy outside of acting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Hardwicke House it was actually called - to add insult to injury, it was actually filmed at a former girls' school which was less than a mile from where I used to live. It has comparisons with Grange Hill by virtue or being a school based series (well, it would have been a series if it had progressed of course), and also the fact that Roger Sloman had appeared in the first episodes of both series.

    Central were a bit like the Carlton of the 1980s (ironically enough considering the takeover in the mid 1990s) as they were very liberalised when it came to new TV series that the mainstream audiences were not quite ready for - series such as those made by the Junior Television Workshop such as Your Mother Wouldn't Like It for example - even back then it felt Channel 4-esque and non-Children's ITV in its style. Series that felt a lot more like Channel 4 programmes rather than mainstream ITV back then - Girls on Top was another example which made it to Channel 4 - some programmes that ATV would have never had made.

    The irony in that respect was that Hardwicke House was axed after two episodes and was replaced on ITV by Thames sitcom Chance in a Million which was actually a Channel 4 programme and was indeed more mainstream in comparison.
    Compared to Grange Hill in the early 80s to mid 80s Hardwick House was tame I thought George!

    Keeping up with the Programmes being suspended etc - Grange Hill got moved to BBC 2 in the First Gulf War when Series 14 was new and possibly in 2003 9though i am unsure totally) when Iraq was invaded

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    Another difference between Tripper's and Slinger's is obviously the fact that Rossiter and Forsyth were completely different breeds of entertainer - I cannot imagine Rossiter being a game show host for example. I could imagine Leonard Rossiter doing a Fawlty Towers-alike sitcom whereas Forsyth wouldn't have been able to play such a part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Another difference between Tripper's and Slinger's is obviously the fact that Rossiter and Forsyth were completely different breeds of entertainer - I cannot imagine Rossiter being a game show host for example. I could imagine Leonard Rossiter doing a Fawlty Towers-alike sitcom whereas Forsyth wouldn't have been able to play such a part.

    Both were good george, I admitt but I never liked Leonard in much else but he was amazingly funny in Tripper's Day - as too was Bruce ........ who whatever he did, was like Gold-Dust in it

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    I know Hardwicke House has been mentioned in this thread after it was pulled off the air after 2 episodes because of so much negative reaction but did you know that you can now see the remaining 5 episodes that were never aired on TV thanks to Youtube. Yes, that's right - those 5 episodes you thought you'd never be able to see has been uploaded for everybody to enjoy thanks to a former Central TV worker.

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