Shine On Harvey Moon! – 1982
From the writers of Birds Of A Feather, although at the time this show went out Birds Of A Feather hadn’t even hatched (sorry couldn’t resist). However there are a couple of birds you may recognise in the cast.
The series initially produced by ATV ran for four series between 1982 and 1985 of twenty nine episodes. In 1995, Meridian Television revived the show with a few changes most notably moving the time period forward ten years. This ran for one series only of twelve episodes.
The name of the series is a wordplay on the title of the popular 1908 song “Shine on, Harvest Moon!”.
The East End of London, shortly after the Second World War.
Upon being demobbed, RAF serviceman Harvey Moon, returns home and finds his family involved in various troubles. His wife Rita, is not interested in resuming their relationship and works in a seedy nightclub frequented by American servicemen. He becomes involved with the Labour Party and the union movement.
For the 1995 revival the show is set in the 1950’s. The original cast return less Kenneth Cranham he is replaced by Nicky Henson who takes over the role of Harvey. It also brings in a new regular character, Noah Harker, played by Colin Salmon, an old friend of Harvey’s who is facing racial prejudice.
Elizabeth Spriggs – Nan
Maggie Steed – Rita Moon
Linda Robson – Maggie Moon
Lee Whitlock – Stanley Moon
Kenneth Cranham – Harvey Moon
Nicky Henson – Harvey Moon (1995 series)
Nigel Planer – Lou Lewis
Pauline Quirke – Veronica
Created By: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
Produced By: ATV (1982 – 1985), Meridian (1995)
Original Transmission Dates:
8th January 1982 – 23rd August 1985
23rd April – 18th August 1985