Pennies from Heaven (TV series)

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Dennis Potter

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Pennies from Heaven is a 1978 BBC musical drama serial written by Dennis Potter.
He is best known for his BBC TV serials Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Singing Detective (1986), and the television plays Blue Remembered Hills (1979) and Brimstone and Treacle (1976).

Bob Hoskins

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In the mid-1930s, Arthur and Joan Parker (Bob Hoskins and Gemma Craven) are an incompatible married couple living in the London suburbs.
His work included lead roles in Pennies from Heaven (1978), The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Mermaids (1990), and Super Mario Bros. (1993), and supporting performances in Brazil (1985), Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), A Christmas Carol (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).

Gemma Craven

In the mid-1930s, Arthur and Joan Parker (Bob Hoskins and Gemma Craven) are an incompatible married couple living in the London suburbs.
She is best known for her role as Joan Parker, the frigid wife of Arthur (Bob Hoskins), in the BBC TV drama Pennies From Heaven (1978).

Cheryl Campbell

Eileen Everson (Cheryl Campbell), the woman he encountered, is a junior school teacher in the Forest of Dean who lives with her widowed coal mining father and two brothers, also miners.
She starred opposite Bob Hoskins in the 1978 BBC drama Pennies From Heaven, before going on to win the 1980 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Testament of Youth and Malice Aforethought, and the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival for A Doll's House.

Rosemary Martin

Before returning to London, Arthur has sex with Marjorie (Rosemary Martin), a Gloucestershire prostitute, in the back of his car.
She appeared in dozens of films from 1964 to 1998 and is also known for television roles including Mrs. Partridge in Last of the Summer Wine, Vera in Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!, Marjorie in Pennies from Heaven, Miss Weber in The Insurance Man, Renie Fox in Fox and Verna Johnson in Tenko.

Yolande Palfrey

After unexpectedly meeting a young blind girl (Yolande Palfrey) in a field, whom he lusts after under his breath, Arthur reappears at the Everson family home, and his relationship with Eileen revives.
She appeared in many BBC programmes including Pennies from Heaven, Measure for Measure, Elizabeth Alone, Wings, Blake's 7 ("Pressure Point"), Crime and Punishment, Nanny, and Doctor Who (in the serial Terror of the Vervoids), BBC TV series The Ghosts of Motley Hall 1977 Christmas special Phantomime.

Kenneth Colley

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On a car journey to the Gloucester area he picks up 'the accordion man', a vagrant (Kenneth Colley) who invariably busks on the instrument in the vicinity of the other characters, but the signs of the man's mental illness soon lead Arthur to reject him after they spend several hours together.
Stuttering is a character trait, however, in his role as the Accordion Man in the 1978 BBC television drama, Pennies from Heaven.

The Singing Detective

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It was one of several Potter serials (another being The Singing Detective) to mix the reality of the drama with a dark fantasy content, and the earliest of his works where the characters burst into extended performances of popular songs.
This is a device Potter used in his earlier miniseries Pennies from Heaven.

Freddie Jones

The series also featured Nigel Havers as Conrad Baker (the suave salesman); Jenny Logan as Irene (Joan's friend); Freddie Jones as Mr. Warner (Eileen's headmaster); Michael Bilton as Eileen's dad; Will Stamp as the Barman; Tudor Davies as the cafe customer (Davies was also choreographer for the series) and Peter Bowles as the Prosecuting Counsel.
Other television work included the 1995 BBC three-part adaptation of Cold Comfort Farm, the 1978 series Pennies from Heaven and the ITV children's programme The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976–1978).

Philip Locke

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They spend the night in a barn, but Eileen's attempt to find help eventually leads her to shoot dead a lonely and deranged farmer (Philip Locke).
Other TV credits include: The Baron, The Avengers episodes 'The Frighteners' (1961), 'Mandrake' (1964), and 'From Venus With Love' (1967), The Saint, The Champions, Department S, Z-Cars, Pennies from Heaven, The Omega Factor, Codename Icarus, The Box of Delights, Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Jeeves and Wooster, Minder, Antony and Cleopatra, She Fell Among Thieves (BBC), Oliver Twist, Ivanhoe and Jekyll & Hyde.

Hywel Bennett

She meets the superficially sympathetic Tom (Hywel Bennett), a wealthy man with no obvious occupation, and becomes dependent upon him.
He played major parts in several Dennis Potter television plays, including Where the Buffalo Roam (1966), an episode of 1978's Pennies from Heaven, "Better Think Twice", in which he played Tom, a pimp; Karaoke (1996); and Cold Lazarus (also 1996).

Arnold Peters (actor)

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While trying to persuade a shopkeeper (Arnold Peters) to take some of his goods, Arthur notices a female customer with whom he immediately becomes besotted.
He also appeared in Jude the Obscure (1971), London Belongs to Me (Thames, 1977), Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven (1978) and an episode of Only Fools and Horses called "A Royal Flush" (1986).

Michael Bilton

The series also featured Nigel Havers as Conrad Baker (the suave salesman); Jenny Logan as Irene (Joan's friend); Freddie Jones as Mr. Warner (Eileen's headmaster); Michael Bilton as Eileen's dad; Will Stamp as the Barman; Tudor Davies as the cafe customer (Davies was also choreographer for the series) and Peter Bowles as the Prosecuting Counsel.
He also appeared in Pennies From Heaven, The Saint, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Quatermass II and The Champions, He also appeared as the doorman at a hotel in Terry and June.

Piers Haggard

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The serial was directed by Piers Haggard and produced by long-time Potter collaborator Kenith Trodd.
In 1978 he was the director of Dennis Potter's landmark drama serial Pennies From Heaven for the BBC, for which he received a BAFTA Award.

Dave King (actor)

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A police inspector (Dave King) visits Joan after Arthur's unexplained disappearance and the destruction of his retail stock.
He also appeared in a number of TV series including The Sweeney (episode: "Pay Off", 1976), Hazell (1978), Pennies From Heaven (1978), Minder (episode: "Gunfight at the OK Laundrette", 1979).

Kenith Trodd

Kenneth Trodd
The serial was directed by Piers Haggard and produced by long-time Potter collaborator Kenith Trodd.
Following the success of Potter's serial Pennies from Heaven (1978), Trodd and Potter reasserted their desire for autonomy and formed a new production company which had an arrangement with LWT.

Jenny Logan

The series also featured Nigel Havers as Conrad Baker (the suave salesman); Jenny Logan as Irene (Joan's friend); Freddie Jones as Mr. Warner (Eileen's headmaster); Michael Bilton as Eileen's dad; Will Stamp as the Barman; Tudor Davies as the cafe customer (Davies was also choreographer for the series) and Peter Bowles as the Prosecuting Counsel.
Other TV acting credits include Edna, the Inebriate Woman, Pennies From Heaven as Irene, the friend of Joan (Gemma Craven), Lovejoy, Never the Twain, Park Ranger, London's Burning and the John Sullivan comedy Roger Roger.

Peter Cellier

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Arthur's bank manager (Peter Cellier) refuses to give him a loan.

Steve Martin

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In 1981, the series was adapted as a film, starring Steve Martin.
It emboldened Martin to try his hand at his first serious film, Pennies from Heaven (1981), based on the 1978 BBC serial by Dennis Potter.

Ronald Fraser (actor)

Ronald Fraser
Arthur is now living off Eileen's immoral earnings, and she is a client of a Conservative MP, Major Archibald Paxville (Ronald Fraser), who she unsuccessfully attempts to blackmail.

Nigel Havers

The series also featured Nigel Havers as Conrad Baker (the suave salesman); Jenny Logan as Irene (Joan's friend); Freddie Jones as Mr. Warner (Eileen's headmaster); Michael Bilton as Eileen's dad; Will Stamp as the Barman; Tudor Davies as the cafe customer (Davies was also choreographer for the series) and Peter Bowles as the Prosecuting Counsel.

Forest of Dean

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The production involved six weeks of filming on location, most of it in Oxfordshire, but with selected shooting in the Forest of Dean (in Potter's home county of Gloucestershire, between the River Severn and the River Wye).

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