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Phoenix Nights 

The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester.
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Series cast summary:
Peter Kay ...  Brian Potter / ... 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Dave Spikey Dave Spikey ...  Jerry 'St. Clair' Dignan / ... 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Justin Moorhouse ...  Young Kenny 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Paddy McGuinness ...  Paddy 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Archie Kelly Archie Kelly ...  Kenny Senior 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Janice Connolly Janice Connolly ...  Holy Mary 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Neil Fitzmaurice Neil Fitzmaurice ...  Ray Von 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Toby Foster Toby Foster ...  Les 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Steve Edge ...  Alan 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Ted Robbins Ted Robbins ...  Den Perry 8 episodes, 2001-2002
Beatrice Kelley Beatrice Kelley ...  Marion 6 episodes, 2001
Enid Dunn Enid Dunn ...  Joyce 6 episodes, 2002
Daniel Kitson Daniel Kitson ...  Spencer 6 episodes, 2001-2002
Julian Sua Julian Sua ...  Ant 5 episodes, 2002
Wai Kee Chan Wai Kee Chan ...  Dec 5 episodes, 2002


The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester.

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Release Date:

14 January 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights See more »

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(12 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen made a guest appearance in series 2. Dave Spikey, who played Jerry St. Claire, later went on to present the 2006 Bullseye revival. See more »


Brian Potter: There is a horse in my cabaret suite.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of each episode, the characters are auditioning real club acts to perform at their fictitious club. The acts are honestly as bad as they are depicted. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the Series Two home video, In Episode One where Brian is looking through his address book, all the phone numbers in the book are blurred out, But when this Episode is shown on TV they are not. See more »


Featured in Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms (2015) See more »

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hilarious comedy based in the North West of England
27 February 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This comedy, which ran for two series, was co-written by and starred (in several roles), Bolton comic Peter Kay, who has his finger perfectly on the breathing pulse of North West England (speaking as someone the same age as Kay who comes from a part of the NW not a million miles from Bolton). Phoenix Nights was set in a lousy Northern club with 'entertainment', bingo, and droll staff, just the kind of club that existed in the 1970s and 1980s.

Brian Potter, owner and sometime licensee, is wheelchair bound and sarcastic, with his wingeing voice and blustering manner. Played by Kay he is a great creation. The main target for Brian's verbal attacks is Jerry 'St Clair' (Dave Spikey) who acts as compère and - at times - terrible entertainer. Doormen Max (Kay again) and Paddy (Patrick McGuinness) went on to have their own spin-off series.

Alongside the long-running feud between Potter and Den Perry (Ted Robbins), the high points of Phoenix Nights includes the variety 'auditions' which ended each episode (who could forget the doves which flew into the air condition fans, or the ping pong lady?). The audience at the Phoenix were real-life Bolton residents, and their reactions are absolutely genuine.

I have two favourite episodes - the one with the outdoor entertainment ('Sammy the Snake' (!), and the Children's Activity Hut, formerly the Gents loo); and the Stars in Their Eyes episode (with the jam-jar glassed club worker as Gary Glitter, and Jerry and Brian as Elton John and George Michael).

It ended far too soon but the two series that were made are the stuff that makes classic comedy.

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