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Tripper’s Day/Slinger’s Day

1 9 8 4 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
1 9 8 6 – 1 9 8 7 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes

Leonard Rossiter starred (in his last role) as Norman Tripper – the hapless and shouty manager of the Supafare supermarket in North London.

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His crew of dysfunctional staff included senile security guard Alf Battle (Gordon Gostelow), sex-mad canteen supervisor Hilda Rimmer (Pat Ashton), union leader Hardie (Philip Bird), the incompetent Higgins (Andrew Paul, later famous as PC Dave Quinnan in The Bill), lazy checkout girls Marlene (Charon Bourke) and Dottie (Vicky Licorish), nervous trainee manager Mr Christian (Paul Clarkson) and back-chatting secretary Sylvia (Liz Crowther).

The show came to a natural end with Rossiter’s death (of a heart attack, aged 57) but was brought back two years later with Bruce Forsyth as Cecil Slinger in the manager role, under the new title Slinger’s Day. 

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Brucie took on an unenviable task – in the first place, he was following the much-missed Rossiter, and in the second place, TV situation comedy was new to Bruce.

But he accepted the challenge, despite also hosting his own Friday night game show, Play Your Cards Right.

Norman Tripper
Leonard Rossiter
Sylvia

Liz Crowther
Hilda Rimmer

Pat Ashton
Alf Battle

Gordon Gostelow
Mr Christian

Paul Clarkson
Cecil Slinger
Bruce Forsyth
Hardie 
Philip Bird
Fred
David Kelly
Miss Foster
Suzanne Church
Shirley 
Jacqueline De Peza
Dottie 
Vicky Licorish
Marlene
Charon Bourke
Higgins 
Andrew Paul
Colin Wilkins
Charlie Hawkins