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Gaffer, The

1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 3 (UK)
20 x 30 minute episodes

A not very successful comedy series from Yorkshire TV, starring Bill Maynard (Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt) as Fred Moffat – the proprietor of the Moffat Engineering Company, a small engineering works forever teetering on the brink of disaster.

gaffer12There are cash flow problems, absenteeism, malingering and incompetent employees, battles of the sexes and an ever-present danger of strike action.

In the third (1983) series, Moffat decides to stand as a candidate in the local elections and is elected as a councillor, where he does battle with rival councillor Joe Gregory (Alan Hockey).

In the end, the stress of running a factory all becomes too much for the Gaffer so he emigrates to Australia.

The cast included Russell Hunter and Pat Ashton. Production and direction was by Alan Tarrant.

Fred ”Gaffer” Moffat
Bill Maynard
Harry (Shop Steward)

Russell Hunter

Pat Ashton

David Gillies

Don Crann

Christopher Hancock
Spencer Moffat

Chris Langham
Councillor Joe Gregory

Alan Hockey
Councillor Brownlow

Mike Savage


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