End of Part One
- "End of Part One" may also refer to a message shown before commercial breaks.
|End of Part one|
|Created by||David Renwick and Andrew Marshall|
|Directed by||Geoffrey Sax|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Producer(s)||Simon Brett (Series 1) and Humphrey Barclay (Series 2)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||15 April 1979– 23 November 1980|
End of Part One was a British television comedy sketch show written by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall, it was made by London Weekend Television. It ran for two series on ITV, from 1979 to 1980 and was an attempt at a TV version of The Burkiss Way. The first series concerned the lives of Norman and Vera Straightman, who had their lives interrupted by various television personalities of the day. The second series was mainly a straight succession of parodies of TV shows of the time, including Larry Grayson's Generation Game and Nationwide.
The cast included Sue Holderness, Denise Coffey, Fred Harris, Dudley Stevens, David Simeon, and Tony Aitken. Coffey had appeared in The Burkiss Way's first 6 episodes, but Harris was the only permanent cast member to appear in End of Part One. One of the directors was future feature film director Geoffrey Sax.
Episodes and timeslot
Marshall and Renwick blamed the show's relative lack of success at its being shown on a Sunday afternoon, lamenting in an interview that it was "a show no-one knows about, at a time no-one would watch it anyway". They decided not to write another series because LWT would not move it to a more favourable time slot. Thirteen out of the fourteen shows still exist in the archives in broadcast format, and the remaining episode (S1E6) exists on a domestic video cassette.
- Series One was broadcast from 15 April to 27 June 1979
- Series Two was broadcast from 12 October to 23 November 1980
First series repeats
Some ITV companies did repeat series one at a more favourable time slot.
- Grampian Television and Scottish Television repeated the series during the early evenings of July and August 1981.
- Anglia: During October and November 1981 around 5.15pm
- Southern: During August and September 1981
- TSW: Thursday Afternoons January - March 1982
- LWT: Repeated both series during the summer of 1980 and 1981 on Friday nights.