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Bernie

1 9 7 8 – 1 9 8 0 (UK)
14 x 30 minute episodes

After 30 years as a double act with his brother Mike, Bernie Winters struck out on his own in this new series from Thames Television. Well, not quite alone, as he was accompanied by his St Bernard, Schnorbitz, at the beginning and end of every show.

Bernie appeared in a series of comedy sketches, joined by guest stars including Bill Pertwee, Bob Todd, June Whitfield, Alfie Bass, Hugh Paddick, Geoffrey Bayldon, Joan Collins, Diana Dors, Victor Spinetti and Bill Treacher.

Bernie Winters died on 4 May 1991, aged 60. He survived a massive cancer operation in December 1990 and played in a six-week run of a pantomime at Christmas, but had a relapse in March.