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Desmond's 

Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

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Trix Worrell
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ...  Desmond Ambrose 71 episodes, 1989-1994
Carmen Munroe Carmen Munroe ...  Shirley Ambrose 71 episodes, 1989-1994
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ...  Augustus 'Porkpie' Grant 71 episodes, 1989-1994
Gyearbuor Asante Gyearbuor Asante ...  Matthew 69 episodes, 1989-1994
Kim Walker Kim Walker ...  Gloria Ambrose 60 episodes, 1989-1994
Geff Francis Geff Francis ...  Michael Ambrose 55 episodes, 1989-1994
Robbie Gee ...  Lee Stanley 52 episodes, 1989-1994
Justin Pickett Justin Pickett ...  Sean Ambrose 50 episodes, 1989-1994
Dominic Keating ...  Tony 36 episodes, 1989-1993
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Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1989 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(70 episodes) | (final episode)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[repeated line]
Porkpie: Yeah mon.
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Crazy Credits

The series 1 - 4 theme tune was the original recording of the theme tune "Dont Scratch My Soca" and a video montage of life in and around Peckham, people arriving on ships and an exterior shot of Shirley and Desmond outside the barbershop was used. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Scratch My Soca
Music by John Collins
Lyrics by Trix Worrell
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Blast from the past...
6 November 2007 | by netty1968See all my reviews

Have just finished watching what, to me, epitomised black British comedy in the '90s. This comedy is laugh out loud hilarious, without being patronising and has managed to stand the test of time, even by today's standards.

Norman Beaton (may he rest in peace) was a comedic genius and it made me cry just recalling the fact that he is no longer with us. The remaining supporting cast were equally funny, making a series basically focusing on the day to day events in a barbers in Peckham, very realistic.

A lot of the humour resonates with my own childhood, with the loud banter, constant ribbing and no one safe from the butt of a joke. I hope other people get hooked on this programme as you will not regret spending half an hour with the Ambroses...


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