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Arnie and Maud Cole are a very odd couple. She wanted a father for her unborn child, he needed the money middle-class Maud could provide. Together they negotiate the rough and tumble world ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Bob Hoskins ...  Arnie Cole 6 episodes, 1980
Frances de la Tour ...  Maud 6 episodes, 1980
Fraser Cains Fraser Cains ...  Llewellyn 6 episodes, 1980
Philip Madoc ...  Jack Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Sheila Reid ...  Lily Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Dickie Arnold ...  Corky Brown 6 episodes, 1980
Valerie Holliman Valerie Holliman ...  Cora Brown 6 episodes, 1980
Granville Saxton ...  Max Legendre 6 episodes, 1980
Jim Hooper ...  Percy Bowden 6 episodes, 1980
Joanna Foster Joanna Foster ...  Clara Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Teresa Codling Teresa Codling ...  Dotty Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Tom Cotcher ...  Hector 6 episodes, 1980
Sheri Shepstone Sheri Shepstone ...  Violet 6 episodes, 1980
Peggy Ann Wood Peggy Ann Wood ...  Nanny 5 episodes, 1980
Sherrie Hewson ...  Letty 4 episodes, 1980
Patrick Gordon Patrick Gordon ...  Gilbert Winslow 4 episodes, 1980
Maxine Audley ...  Gwendoline Harper 3 episodes, 1980
Andy de la Tour ...  Clive 3 episodes, 1980
Joe Dunlop Joe Dunlop ...  Cameraman / ... 2 episodes, 1980
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ...  Captain Sandbeck 2 episodes, 1980
Teddy Turner ...  Eddy Marco 2 episodes, 1980
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ...  Mr. Crane 2 episodes, 1980
Ronald Russell Ronald Russell ...  Butler 2 episodes, 1980


Arnie and Maud Cole are a very odd couple. She wanted a father for her unborn child, he needed the money middle-class Maud could provide. Together they negotiate the rough and tumble world of the silent movie business, with dreams of having their own production company. In the process, they become partners indeed. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Release Date:

23 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ja voitolla eletään See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The little comic, Corky Brown, has a monocle drawn on his face, a reference to the drawn-on mustache of Charles Chaplin. See more »

Crazy Credits

Interspersed among the cast list in the end credits were various captions, in the form of questions (eg "Do men really chase through Cora's bedroom?"), which were teasers for the next episode. See more »

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Just about perfect
31 August 2002 | by copollSee all my reviews

This six-part Masterpiece Theatre comedy (!) is just about perfect.

The actors are extremely well cast and the roles are written with more depth than you see in 98-percent of all feature films. With each episode, the laughs come easier, the situations intensify and the characters become more and more like family. The emotional high point comes on a throwaway line, and it is perfect. Hoskins and de la Tour should have worked together many, many more times; they make a wonderful comedy team. A crime that this series isn't available on video: come on, PBS! I'll even pledge a membership if you make a FLICKERS DVD or VHS the premium! Hurry up, before my 20-year-old EP copy disintegrates!

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