Breeze Block (TV series)

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Breeze Block
Format Sitcom
Created by Ian Pattison
Starring Tim Healy
Su Elliot
David Nellist
Alison Mac
Craig Heaney
Berwick Kaler
Mark Benton
Dale Meeks
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Location(s) Byker, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Choice
Original run 4 March 2002 – 8 April 2002

Breeze Block is a short-lived British TV series written by Ian Pattison which aired on BBC Choice in 2002.

Synopsis[edit]

Ralph Breeze lives with his wife Iris and children Eric, Carol and Billy in a block of flats in the Byker area of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Ralph has lost his confidence after being made redundant and feels that he is a "stopped clock". As he tries to overcome his paralysis, his wife Iris flirts with his brother Tommy and Tommy flirts with Billy. Eric works as a window cleaner and Carol works for lecherous fishmonger Mr Shields. Billy, encouraged (and pimped) by Uncle Tommy, starts work as a gigolo but is rather unsuccessful as he falls in love with each of his clients.

Ralph attends assertiveness classes to help him overcome his condition and, although Iris is supportive, his children - particularly Eric - are pretty indifferent to the point of cruelty (all for comic effect).

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

Season 1, Episode 1: Angels
Original Air Date: 4 March 2002
Ralph has lost his eyes and, on being told by Iris that they are in his head where he left them, he realises that there's not as much to see as there used to be.

Episode 2[edit]

Season 1, Episode 2: Higher
Original Air Date: 11 March 2002
Billy starts his career as a gigolo. Uncle Tommy introduces him to a neighbour with a shepherd fixation. Soon Billy is wearing a clothing range by One Man and His Dog to please his new lady friend.

Episode 3[edit]

Season 1, Episode 3: Saturday, Sinday
Original Air Date: 18 March 2002
After a heavy night out, looking for a poke, Eric ends up in a fight. It's not until the next morning that he realises he's been stabbed. Ralph is feeling anxious and has thrown off his blanket, which used to be used to calm down the budgie.

Episode 4[edit]

Season 1, Episode 4: Kid
Original Air Date: 25 March 2002

Episode 5[edit]

Season 1, Episode 5: Unspeakable
Original Air Date: 1 April 2002
Ralph gets caught sniffing a labourer's dungarees which were left hanging on a nail. When confessing to his family about his indiscretion, he reminisces about when he was a working man at the Swan Hunter shipyard, coming home every night with "sweat rings the size of dinner plates".

Episode 6[edit]

Season 1, Episode 6: Wet
Original Air Date: 8 April 2002
Ralph gets a job collecting trolleys for a derisory wage.Carol goes on an unsatisfactory date with her old art teacher.

One o' the lassies: "Waddya give him, continental or the full English?".
Carol: "Cheese dip with no banger so I guess there's unfinished business".

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