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Two shows, originally intended as pilot programmes for a sitcom starring Cannon and Ball. It was intended to record six shows, but ITV decided to make a series of Plaza Patrol (the pilot show for Plaza Patrol became the second in the series). The other three shows were never made.


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Free Every Friday

Aired 10th September 1991
Bobby played Norman Tubby, the reporter for the 'Althorp Claxton and Advertiser', a local free paper. Tommy was Ken Osborne, the manager, who had been bought the newspaper by his rich wife Annette. Annette is not impressed by how well the paper is doing and wants Norman (who was hired by Ken because they knew each other at school) sacked. The 'Claxton' also has a bigger, better, rival, the 'Post'.

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The main storyline for the episode is the fact that none of the local restaurants advertise in the Claxton. They decide to run an advertising feature, so Norman goes to visit each restaurant to sample their wares. The food is generally terrible, but the paper cannot give them a bad write up as they need the advertising. The day the issue is printed they are admiring the double page spread when Annette comes in brandishing a copy of the 'Post'. It carried the news that two local restaurants (both of which got a 5* rating in the Claxton) had been closed in a late night swoop over hygiene standards.

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Writers

Richard Lewis and Louis Robinson

Cast

Tommy CannonKen Osbourne
Bobby BallNorman Tubbs
Emma DaviesJulia Parker-Smith
Kim HartmanAnnete Osbourne
Ellis JonesFrancoise

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Growing Concern

Aired 27th August 1991
Bobby is Barnes, a slighty incapable maintenance man with a catchphrase of "I 'ave'nt got the right tools with me". Tommy plays Tommy Davenport, the personnel manager. At the start of the show Barnes is sacked by Davenport, who is later sacked himself. Times are hard, and Barnes is forced to go knocking on doors to ask if people have jobs they need doing. Davenport initially doesn't tell his wife he's lost his job, then says he resigned. He takes a job in Jimmys Burger Bar. Eventually they meet when Barnes knocks on Davenports door. Over a cup of tea Tommys wife suggests that between them they have the management and practical skills to set up in business together. They do this, and win a contract from the council.

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Writers

Paul Minett and Brian Leveson

Cast

Tommy CannonTommy Davenport Bobby BallBobby Barnes
Sherrie HewsonBeryl Davenport Keith MarshAlf
Janet RawsonJulia Paula-Ann BlandHeather
Siobhan FinneranCarol

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Series Credits

MusicAlan Hawkshaw Casting DirectorAngela Caird
Production AssistantLesley Kirk Floor ManagerDavid Nightingale
Stage ManagerTerry Knowles Production BuyerBob Bayne
GraphicsKaren Webber Studio SupervisorGraham Baines
Vision MixerKaren Hall Carter Vision ControlBrian Abrams
Video Tape EditorJohn Allen Make-UpPam Raysen
CostumeBrian Castle Senior Cameraman (Free Every Friday)Norman Chadderton
Senior Cameraman (Growing Concern)Colin Philpott SoundKeith Hargreaves
LightingPeter Hardman Designer (Free Every Friday)Robert Scott
Designer (Growing Concern)Tony Jones Executive Producer (Free Every Friday only)Baz Taylor
Producer and DirectorGraham Wetherell