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Chalk And Cheese
UK, ITV (Thames), Sitcom, Colour, 1977
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Michael Crawford, Robin Hawdon

Riding the crest of a wave following massive successes with the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and the London stage-show Billy, Michael Crawford starred in this short-lived Thames series. He found no such favour here.

Chalk And Cheese cast him as an unrestrained proletarian, the pig-headed, sexist, bearded Dave Finn, truculently living out his cockney adages and lifestyle in a gentrified street, a tin bath hanging on the front of his house like a badge of honour. Robin Hawdon was cast as Finn's adjoining neighbour, Roger Scott, a Sloane-style marketing director. Scott was the very antithesis of Finn and the series explored these differences, which, under the mere superficialities of outlook, attitudes, values, dress and prospects, were, perhaps, not too dissimilar after all.

In Spasms, the single-episode pilot screened 15 months before the series (which had Jonathan Pryce in the Michael Crawford role), Finn and Scott were at the hospital, waiting for their wives to give birth to their first children. This was re-enacted as the opening episode of Chalk And Cheese.

Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.

Jonathan Pryce - Dave Finn (pilot)
Michael Crawford - Dave Finn (series)
Robin Hawdon - Roger Scott
Miriam Margolyes - Rose Finn (pilot)
Gillian Martell - Rose Finn (series)
Jenny Cox - Amanda Scott (pilot)
Julia Goodman - Amanda Scott (series)

Alex Shearer - Writer
Michael Mills - Director / Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 7 Length: 30 mins
Pilot Spasms 9 Nov 1977 · Wed 8pm
One series (6) 2 Apr-14 May 1979 · Mon mostly 8pm

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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