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Pennies from Heaven 

Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song, building musical numbers around the greatest ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Cheryl Campbell ...  Eileen 6 episodes, 1978
Bob Hoskins ...  Arthur Parker 6 episodes, 1978
Gemma Craven ...  Joan Parker 6 episodes, 1978
Kenneth Colley ...  Accordion Man / ... 6 episodes, 1978
Jenny Logan Jenny Logan ...  Irene 3 episodes, 1978
Dave King ...  Police Inspector 2 episodes, 1978
Freddie Jones ...  Headmaster 2 episodes, 1978
Sam Avent Sam Avent ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1978
Arnold Peters Arnold Peters ...  Barrett 2 episodes, 1978
Spencer Banks Spencer Banks ...  Maurice 2 episodes, 1978
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ...  Dad 2 episodes, 1978
Philip Jackson ...  Dave 2 episodes, 1978
Bill Dean ...  Alf 2 episodes, 1978
Bella Emberg ...  Mrs. Corder 2 episodes, 1978
Children From the Forest of Dean Children From the Forest of Dean ...  School Children 2 episodes, 1978
Yolande Palfrey Yolande Palfrey ...  Blind Girl 2 episodes, 1978
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Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song, building musical numbers around the greatest frustrations in his life. He meets an innocent young school teacher, Eileen, who seems to hear the same music, but when Eileen learns that he's married, and that she's pregnant with his child, she runs away. Arthur gives up everything to find and protect her, but fate and the music haven't finished with Arthur Parker. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filléreső See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The BBC original was composed of six episodes, each a bit over an hour long. Their titles are: 1: Down Sunny Side Lane 2: Love Is The Sweetest Thing 3: Easy Come, Easy Go 4: Better Think Twice 5: Painting The Clouds 6: Says My Heart See more »

Quotes

Pedestrian: You all right, mate?
Accordion man: What? What?
Pedestrian: What's the matter with you, eh?
Accordion man: Oh, f... f...
Pedestrian: Hey, now now. None of that!
Accordion man: It's a f-f-fine world, sir...
Pedestrian: Are you drunk? Is that it?
Accordion man: Oh... 'tis that, 'tis that... it's a m-marvelous world, if you... look at it right... lights on the water...
Pedestrian: [handing over some change] Look here. Get yourself a cup of tea.
Accordion man: Oh... thank you very, very much sir. Thank you very, very much.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Wonderful series of musical escapism
15 October 2006 | by adamlives-1See all my reviews

With all the characters suddenly bursting into song, thankfully mimed to the original artists, this series made new ground. Very entertaining, lots of obscure but brilliant supporting actors, and a great script. The central role was brilliantly portrayed by Hoskin's frustrated salesman, trying to be taken seriously but also looking for satisfaction from his hopelessly frigid wife. His lust interest is one of those women who ooze sex appeal, and it's easy to understand how a man could fall when confronted with such unbridled passion. The whole series focuses on repressed desires and imagined hopes, as expressed by the episodes of song and dance. Notable is the courtroom scene in which the entire jury bursts into a routine. One to buy and keep.


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