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Big Jim and the Figaro Club 

1950's set sitcom about Big Jim and his gang of builders, the Figaro Club, who are looking to enjoy life in their seaside town while avoiding work at all costs.
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1981   1979  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bob Hoskins ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 1979-1981
Norman Rossington ...  Big Jim 6 episodes, 1979-1981
David Beckett David Beckett ...  Chick 6 episodes, 1979-1981
Sylvester McCoy ...  Turps 6 episodes, 1979-1981
Gordon Rollings ...  Old Ned 6 episodes, 1979-1981
Roland Curram ...  Harold Perkins 6 episodes, 1979-1981
David John ...  Nimrod 5 episodes, 1981
Priscilla Morgan ...  Glad 3 episodes, 1981
Hazel Clyne Hazel Clyne ...  Beryl 3 episodes, 1981
Lill Roughley Lill Roughley ...  Pudden 3 episodes, 1981
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1950's set sitcom about Big Jim and his gang of builders, the Figaro Club, who are looking to enjoy life in their seaside town while avoiding work at all costs.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1979 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1987 BBC Radio broadcast a six-part adaptation of the series, with Norman Rossington reprising his role as Big Jim. See more »

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An unsung masterpiece
22 December 2005 | by Balthazar-5See all my reviews

Situation comedies come and go. Sometimes - Fawlty Towers, Friends - they are monumental and have a long-term future. Other times - like this little gem - they are misunderstood or too sophisticated for their audience. This magnificent little series was made and then, apparently, the BBC scheduler got cold feet and 'dumped' it late-night on BBC2 (by memory). However it was a gem - quite, quite wonderful. Set in the south of England during the massive post-war reconstruction era (~1949-55), it takes place on a building site among a group of council workers. The villain is the site supervisor while Norman Rossington plays 'Big Jim' - a beer-swilling joker who is always trying to 'get one over' on the boss. What makes it wonderful is the *absolutely perfect* sense of time and place. This is an era of innocence and optimism, the like of which has not been experienced since, and it is perfectly captured in this hilarious and, ultimately moving series. It says everything about the crassness of the BBC schedulers of the time that they buried it rather than shouting it from the rooftops. If it is ever resurrected, in any format, move heaven and earth to make sure you see it.


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