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Early Doors 

The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
John Henshaw ...  Ken 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Rita May Rita May ...  Jean 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Mark Benton ...  Eddie 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Craig Cash ...  Joe 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Rodney Litchfield Rodney Litchfield ...  Tommy 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Lorraine Cheshire Lorraine Cheshire ...  Joan 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Phil Mealey Phil Mealey ...  Duffy 12 episodes, 2003-2004
James Quinn ...  Phil 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Peter Wight ...  Nige 12 episodes, 2003-2004
Christine Bottomley ...  Melanie 11 episodes, 2003-2004
Susan Cookson Susan Cookson ...  Tanya 11 episodes, 2003-2004
Joan Kempson Joan Kempson ...  Winnie 9 episodes, 2003-2004
Lisa Millett ...  Debbie 9 episodes, 2003-2004
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The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan Cookson). Ken's wife left him for his best friend. The series reflects more than a little of the Northern humour displayed in The Royle Family (co-written by Cash). In a similar style to The Royle Family, every scene unfolds within the spatial context of The Grapes and it is also set in the Greater Manchester area. Written by John Mullee

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Release Date:

12 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Первые двери See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Caroline Aherne originally intended to co- write the show with Craig Cash but dropped out of the project for personal reasons and Phil Mealey came on board to co write and star with Cash. See more »

Quotes

Ken: [talking about Joan and Eddie] If they were any thicker, they'd set.
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Referenced in Sunshine: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

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Another criminally ignored gem
13 April 2006 | by hywel_davies_1See all my reviews

Why is it that every comedy now has to either have some "incredibly original" gimmick, or be extremely vulgar, or both, to hit it big? This consigns near-masterpieces like Early Doors to the slops bucket of TV history. Yes, as many observe, little happens in the course of the half hour, but you certainly don't even think about that when you're watching it. Cash and Mealey's genius is to realise that everybody's lives are generally repetitive, and so they are likely to have the same discussion in the same refuge every day. This is never treated with a hint of irony, but genuine warmth for the old school pubs that Ken and his lost bretheren run. Lacklustre shows like The Smoking Room and Little Britain, so pleased with themselves and determined to run down the losers, halfwits and layabouts of this world, would do well to learn from this and find that happiness is in whatever routine you, not society, carves out for you.


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