Potter’s Picture Palace, 1976

Melvyn Hayes, of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum fame, turns his hand to children’s comedy.

Potter’s Picture Palace was a BBC kids comedy that ran for two series: one of seven episodes in 1976 and one of six episodes in 1978.

The cinema used for the series was the ‘Hale’ Cinema, near Altrincham in Cheshire.  Sadly, like many old cinemas it’s no longer in existence.

Look out for an appearance by John Comer who played Sid of Sid’s Cafe fame in Last Of The Summer Wine.


Peter Potter inherits a run down picture house from his Auntie and tries to restore it to its former glory.

However things are never straightforward and in season one his cousin Reggie does his best to try and stop him (if Potter closes the cinema for just one day ownership passes to Reggie who wants to knock it down and build flats).







Eden Philips – Peter Potter
Melvyn Hayes – Melvyn Didsbury
John Comer – Sidney Bogart
David Lodge – Reggie Turpin (Season 1)
Angela Crow – Joan Biddle
Colin Edwynn – Frank Plank
Bruce Watt – The Kid (Season 1)
Mark Dempsy – Desmond Bagshaw (Season 2)


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Brian Finch, Phil Redmond and Dick Sharples
Original Transmission Dates:
13th September – 25th October 1976 (series 1)
14th April – 19th May 1978 (series two)








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