The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club

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The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club
Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club.jpg
GenreVariety/Cabaret
FormatEntertainment/
Music
Presented byColin Crompton and
Bernard Manning
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes48 (6 Series)
DistributorITV Granada
Broadcast
Original run1974 – 1977
 
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The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club
Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club.jpg
GenreVariety/Cabaret
FormatEntertainment/
Music
Presented byColin Crompton and
Bernard Manning
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes48 (6 Series)
DistributorITV Granada
Broadcast
Original run1974 – 1977

The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club was a British television variety show produced by Granada Television from 1974 to 1977. It was set in a fictional working men's club in the North of England and was hosted by comedian Colin Crompton. Also regularly featured was comedian Bernard Manning who sang most weeks. Crompton was frequently the butt of Manning's jokes, unwittingly acting as Manning's stooge.

Acts featured[edit]

The show featured acts regularly seen on the Northern club circuits and often acts which were on the last legs of their popularity, like fifties crooner Johnnie Ray. It also gave newer acts such as Cannon & Ball, The Grumbleweeds, The Dooleys and magician Paul Daniels their first TV exposure.

Other artists to appear on the show included The Krankies, Kathy Kirby, Roy Orbison, Lonnie Donegan, Lyn Paul, Tessie O'Shea, The Three Degrees, Stuart Damon, The Bachelors, Susan Maughan, Buddy Greco, George Roper, Jim Bowen, Nana Mouskouri, Freddie Garrity, Karl Denver, George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers, Design, Frank Carson, Terri Rogers and Potty Roberts (in his only known television appearance)

The show was produced by Johnnie Hamp at Granada Television in Manchester. It was once filmed at the Layton Institute in Blackpool. Actress Elizabeth Dawn appeared as a waitress prior to her role in Coronation Street. An extract from the show can be seen in the film 24 Hour Party People, where Shaun Ryder, in his formative years, is seen watching Karl Denver perform "Wimoweh".

Origins of the name[edit]

Wheeltappers and shunters were both types of railwayworker commonly employed on British railways prior to the 1970s.

The name of the programme thus echoes that of the many social clubs set up by railway workers in the 19th century, many of which are still in existence (known as BRSA's, or British Rail Staff Association clubs), albeit often having lost their railway origins.

Episode guide[edit]

Series 1

Series 2

Special:

Series 3

Series 4

Special:

Series 5

Special:

Series 6

DVD releases[edit]

The complete first series of The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club was released on DVD in September 2009 and the second series (including the New Year's Eve Special) was released in July 2010 with the complete third and fourth series being released in February and June 2011. The complete fifth series was released on 23 April 2012. The complete sixth (and final) series is now available as well. The format for the sixth series has changed, each episode being 30 minutes with just one major performer in each.

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