1 9 6 4 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes
A single hour-length comedy called Man O’ Brass screened in 1963 and introduced British viewers to brass band enthusiast Ernie Briggs and his wife Bessie, who failed to see the attraction of music or musicians.
The episode was set in the North of England, with Jimmy Edwards (an accomplished musician in real life) playing the double Bb bass brass in the local band.
The partnership of Edwards and Beryl Reid proved so successful that a series was launched about the couple – Bold As Brass – the following year.
Described as “a sort of Paunch and Judy show”, the series was a variation of the traditional sitcom format, permitting musical guest stars to appear, among them the great violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Rising (at the time) comedy actor Ronnie Barker was one of the minor players in the six Saturday night episodes, which alternated fortnightly with Stanley Baxter’s comedy series Baxter On . . .