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Albion Market

1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 6 (UK)
100 x 30 minute episodes

Contrived by Granada as a sister show to Coronation Street, with the aim of lifting ITVs weekend schedules (it went out on Fridays and Sundays), Albion Market arrived with a bang and left with a whimper.

Much was made of the launch of this ambitious new series, but its poor audience ratings (beaten by Open All Hours and even Wogan!) resulted in some ITV regions moving it to even less-adventurous time-slots.

Although lavished with a £3 million budget Albion Market eventually shut up shop a year after it began, after exactly 100 episodes.

Set in a covered Manchester market (actually a converted Salford warehouse), the series monitored the complex lives of an ethnically mixed group of stall holders.


At the forefront of the action were hunky, cake-selling wide-boy Tony Fraser, his 19-year-old girlfriend Lisa O’Shea, her mum, Lynne Harrison who ran a domestic goods stall, and Lynne’s two-timing no-good husband Roy.

Lam Quoc Hoa and Ly Nhu Chan were Vietnamese refugee cousins, Raju and Jaz Sharma were expelled Ugandan denim merchants, and Morris and Miriam Ransome were the Jewish couple who ran the pottery stall.

Derek Owen was the harassed market supervisor, Phil was the West Indian who worked in the cafe, and Duane Rigg was the market’s resident teenage delinquent.

Towards the end of its run, two new personalities were introduced in an attempt to give the show a lift. Sixties pop singer Helen Shapiro played Viv, a hairdresser, and former Til Death Us Do Part  “Scouse git” Tony Booth was seen as Ted Pilkington, licensee of the market’s local, The Waterman’s Arms.

Derek Owen 
David Hargreaves
Tony Fraser 

John Michie
Lynne Harrison 

Noren Kershaw
Roy Harrison 

Jonathan Barlow
Lisa O’Shea 

Sally Baxter
Morris Ransome 

Bernard Spear
Miriam Ransome 

Carol Kaye
Duane Rigg 

Alistair Walker
Larry Rigg 

Peter Benson
Brenda Rigg 

Valerie Lilley
Phil Smith 

Burt Caesar
Raju Sharma 

Dev Sagoo
Jaz Sharma 

Paul Bhattacharjee
Lam Quoc Hoa 

Phillip Tan
Ly Nhu Chan 

Pik-Sen Lim
Ted Pilkington 

Anthony Booth
Viv Harker 

Helen Shapiro