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Oh Happy Band!
UK, BBC, Sitcom, colour, 1980
Starring: Harry Worth, Jonathan Cecil, John Horsley
Oh Happy Band!

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.

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Harry Worth - Harry Worth
Jonathan Cecil - Mr Herbert
John Horsley - Mr Braithwaite
Billy Burden - Mr Sowerby
Tom Mennard - Mr Pilgrim
Tony Sympson - Mr Giles
Jan Holden - Mrs Draper
Harold Bennett - Vicar
Moira Foot - Glenda
PeggyAnn Clifford - Mrs Tickford
Margaret Clifton - Miss Mayhew
Myrtle Devenish - Winnie
Jeffrey Segal - Man from the Ministry
Ronnie Brody - Mr Turtle
Mollie Maureen - Vicar's wife

Jeremy Lloyd - Writer
David Croft - Writer
David Croft - Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 6 Length: 30 mins
3 Sep-8 Oct 1980, BBC1 Wed 8.30pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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