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When the Whistle Blows 

Short lived comedy about construction workers enjoying themselves. The crew was all male except for Lucy. Randy was a college grad; Buzz, the extrovert; Buzz, the hunk, Norm, the older guy ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Dolph Sweet ...  Norm Jenkins 9 episodes, 1980
Douglas Barr ...  Buzz Dillard 9 episodes, 1980
Susan Buckner ...  Lucy Davis 9 episodes, 1980
Philip Brown ...  Randy Hartford 9 episodes, 1980
Tim Rossovich ...  Martin 'Hunk' Kincaid 9 episodes, 1980
Sue Ane Langdon ...  Darlene / ... 7 episodes, 1980
Gary Allen Gary Allen ...  Hanrahan / ... 5 episodes, 1980
Alice Hirson ...  Dottie Jenkins 4 episodes, 1980
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Short lived comedy about construction workers enjoying themselves. The crew was all male except for Lucy. Randy was a college grad; Buzz, the extrovert; Buzz, the hunk, Norm, the older guy married to Dottie; Bulldog; the foreman, Hanrahan; and Darlene who ran the bar they hung out at. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 March 1980 (USA) See more »

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Los Constructores See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Are You Having A Laugh?
25 November 2011 | by stubbersSee all my reviews

When The Whistle Blows was revived for one season (plus Christmas special) in 2006. The show was relocated to a factory in Wigan, Northern England and concentrated on the factory floor banter between Ray Stokes (played by Andy Millman) and his motley collection of employees.

The show's undoubted potential was sadly smothered by incredibly broad, lowbrow production values in a desperate attempt to win viewers. It ended up being the kind of show that 4 year olds would enjoy, due to the overuse of catchphrases and silly wigs etc. There were a couple of inappropriate celebrity appearances as well which seemed forced and contrived, either for camp kitsch value, eg Keith Chegwin's appearance as "Keith"; or else blatant product placement, eg Chris Martin from Coldplay who just happened to turn up in the factory to plug his new album...an absolutely ridiculous, mental scenario.

The Christmas special, which proved to be the last ever episode of When The Whistle Blows, involved flying the regulars out to Spain.

Andy Millman's career never really took off after the dire reviews received for When The Whistle Blows. True, he made a notable appearance as a slug in Doctor Who, and his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother was briefly famous for an emotional outpouring of hatred for the celebrity lifestyle, but sadly for Andy the public still only associate him with When The Whistle Blows.

Shaun Williamson (Barry from EastEnders) was rumoured to have been lined up to replace Andy Millman in the role of Ray Stokes, but due to management/agency issues, the BBC never commissioned another series.


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