Oh Happy Band!
UK, BBC, Sitcom, colour, 1980
Starring: Harry Worth, Jonathan Cecil, John Horsley
An odd amalgam of ideas from established sitcom creators Lloyd and Croft. Harry Worth, whose character shares his name, starred as the leader of a brass-band in the small town of Nettlebridge. He and, by association, his band find themselves at the forefront of a campaign against the proposed building of a nearby airport.
Each week, Harry and his cohorts thought up schemes to thwart the airport planners, while also managing to indulge in a spot of stirring brass-band music (actually provided by the Aldershot Brass Ensemble). Considering the usual dependability of the major protagonists here, it is fair to say that Oh Happy Band! was flat rather than sharp, however.
Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.
Number of episodes: 6
Length: 30 mins