The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club Series 6

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Released 22 July 2013 by Network DVD. The sixth series of the TV variety show

Wheeltappers DVD backBernard Manning comperes and fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is ‘Mr, Chairman’ at the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club – the friendliest working men’s club in the North! Cut from the same cloth as the Comedians, this Seventies ratings hit captures the quickfire comedy, musical variety and convivial atmosphere of a typical Clubland concert night, showcasing rising stars, contemporary acts, local talent and internationally renowned performers.

Entertaining a typically appreciative audience in this final series (billed as At The Wheeltappers in TV Times) are Paul Daniels, Cannon and Ball, George Melly, The New Vaudeville Band and The Dubliners, with Lancastrian folk-pop from Fivepenny Piece, comedian/singer-songwriter bob Williamson, and the Rochdale Cowboy himself, Mike Harding.

Special Features: Though ten episodes were filmed for this series only eight were shown on television. The ninth – an edition with controversial hypnotist Martin St. James – is inclded here, as is the tenth – Terry Webster and Dictionary – which is presented here as an unedited recording block.


Musical Director: DEREK HILTON
Executive Producer: JOHN HAMP
Produced by: JEREMY FOX and ROD TAYLOR
Directed by: PETER WALKER

Original ITV Transmission 14 April to 9 June 1977

Picture 1.33:1 colour
Sound Mono English
Subtitles None
Duration 310 minutes approx
Region 2 PAL

Wheeltappers DVD insideDisc One:

Bob Williamson
Original ITV Transmission 14 April 1977

New Vaudeville Band
Original ITV Transmission 21 April 1977

Paul Daniels
Original ITV Transmission 28 April 1977

The Dubliners
Original ITV Transmission 5 May 1977

George Melly and The Feetwarmers
Original ITV Transmission 12 May 1977

Cannon and Ball
Original ITV Transmission 19 May 1977

Disc Two:

Fivepenny Piece
Original ITV Transmission 2 June 1977

Mike Harding
Original ITV Transmission 9 June 1977

Special Features:

Martin St. James
Originally scheduled for 26 May 1977, this edition was postponed and never rescheduled.

Terry Webster and Dictionary
This tenth recorded show did not get to final edit stage and was never shown on television. Included here is the original, unedited recording block which would have been used to create the final programme.

Episode 1: Bob Williamson

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Episode 2: New Vaudeville Band

Episode 3: Paul Daniels

Episode 4: The Dubliners

Episode 5: George Melly and The Feetwarmers

Episode 6: Cannon and Ball

Episode 7: Fivepenny Piece

Episode 8: Mike Harding

Episode 9: Martin St. James

Episode 10: Terry Webster and Dictionary