Common As Muck

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Common As Muck
Common as Muck.JPG
Series One title caption
featuring Bernard, played by Richard Ridings
FormatLive action / Drama / Comedy
Created byWilliam Ivory
StarringEdward Woodward
Roy Hudd
Tim Healy
Neil Dudgeon
George Raistrick
Nimmy March
Kathy Burke
Ian Mercer
Ending themeOriginal music by The Other Two
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael Wearing
John Chapman (producer)
Running time50 mins
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run7 September 1994 (1994-09-07) – 12 February 1997 (1997-02-12)
 
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Common As Muck
Common as Muck.JPG
Series One title caption
featuring Bernard, played by Richard Ridings
FormatLive action / Drama / Comedy
Created byWilliam Ivory
StarringEdward Woodward
Roy Hudd
Tim Healy
Neil Dudgeon
George Raistrick
Nimmy March
Kathy Burke
Ian Mercer
Ending themeOriginal music by The Other Two
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael Wearing
John Chapman (producer)
Running time50 mins
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run7 September 1994 (1994-09-07) – 12 February 1997 (1997-02-12)

Common As Muck was a comedy drama serial made by the BBC about the lives of a crew of binmen; it ran for two series.

Characters[edit]

ActorRole
Edward WoodwardNev Smith
Neil DudgeonKen Andrews
Richard RidingsBernard Green
Tim HealyFoxy
Stephen LordJonno Fox
Roy HuddJohn Parry
June WhitfieldIrene Watson
Kathy BurkeSharon
Terence RigbyDougie Houd
Saeed JaffreyNat Prabhakar
Lesley SharpChristine Stranks
Freda DowieDulcie Green
George RaistrickMister Arnold
Paul ShaneMike Roberts
Tony MelodyNev's Friend
William IvoryVinny
Simon AshleyStan
Anthony BarclaySunil Prabhakar
Michelle HolmesMarie
Nimmy MarchDenice Andrews

Series One (1994)[edit]

The first series concentrated on the trials and tribulations of a team of bin men through a number of politically motivated moves by the local council to privatise the refuse collection of the fictional town in which the series is set. The main characters are pitched against the corrupt council leaders and are seen to be taken over by a contractor and ultimately triumphing over an increasingly corrupt management. The first series featured Tim Healy, whose character died in the penultimate episode and therefore did not appear in the second series.

7 September 1994

14 September 1994

21 September 1994

28 September 1994

5 October 1994

12 October 1994

Series Two (1997)[edit]

The focus of the second series shifted away from the refuse disposal theme, with the opening episode showing the main characters being made redundant; subsequent episodes followed the lives of the characters, showing them experimenting with a number of different jobs including window cleaners, painters and decorators and in the case of Nev Smith coping with retirement after serving 45 years on the bins. A number of new characters were introduced into the second series including those played by veteran actors Frank Finlay, Paul Shane and June Whitfield and a minor role for James Nesbitt as a parish priest.

8 January 1997

15 January 1997

22 January 1997

29 January 1997

5 February 1997

12 February 1997

Scheduling[edit]

Owing to the long period of time between the two series the original series was repeated on BBC One in late 1996 immediately prior to the screening of the second series the following year. It was also repeated in full on UK Gold in 1999. The two series were also re-shown on the now-defunct satellite channel Granada Plus in 2002.

Filming locations[edit]

Commercial release[edit]

The series has never been made commercially available on any format.

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