Hallelujah! (TV series)
|Created by||Dick Sharples|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of episodes||15 x 25 mins|
|Running time||25 minutes per episode|
|Original run||29 April 1983 – 21 December 1984|
The series was set in a Salvation Army citadel in the fictional Yorkshire town of Brigthorpe during series 1 (and later in the fictional place of Blackwick in series 2). Captain Emily Ridley (Thora Hird) has been posted there, having been an active member of the Salvation Army for 42 years. Despite the town and residents being seemingly pleasant, Emily is determined to flush out sin from behind the net curtains. Assisting Emily are her niece Alice Meredith (Patsy Rowlands).
The show was set in the salvation army based in the fictional Yorkshrie town of Brigthorpe during series 1 and in the fictional Yorkshire place of Blackwick during series 2 in the mid 1980s and starred Dame Thora Hird as Captain Emily Ridley with Patsy Rowlands as her niece Alice Meredith and Rosemund Green as Sister Dorothy Smith (whom left after the first series and was later replaced by David Daker as Brother Benjamin in the second series thereafter).
A notable characteristic of the show was that every episode ended with the audience clapping once during the closing sequence throughout its year-long run.
The first series was set in "Brigthorpe" a fictional Yorkshire Town in the "Leeds Area", In the second series the series was relocated to "Blackwick" also a fictional Yorkshrie place within or outer Leeds itself.
- Series 1 - set in "Brigthorpe" 1983
- Series 2 - set in "Blackwick" 1984
- Thora Hird - Captain Emily Ridley
- Patsy Rowlands - Alice Meredith
- Rosamund Greenwood - Sister Dorothy Smith (series 1)
- David Daker - Brother Benjamin (series 2)
- Geoffrey Bayldon - Mr Sedgewick
- Michael Aldridge - Brig Langton (series 1)
- Garfield Morgan - Brig Langton (series 2)
Series 1 (1983)
- Retirement (29 Apr 83)
- Repentance (6 May 83)
- Counselling (13 May 83)
- Poor Box (20 May 83)
- Luncheon Club (27 May 83)
- Mobile Canteen (3 Jun 83)
- Struck Down (10 Jun 83)
Series 2 (1984)
- Marching Orders (2 Nov 84)
- Just A Song At Twilight (9 Nov 84)
- Holy Deadlock (16 Nov 84)
- The Snake Pit : Part 1 (23 Nov 84)
- The Snake Pit : Part 2 (30 Nov 84)
- Rock Bottom (7 Dec 84)
- It Happened One Night (14 Dec 84)
- A Goose For Mrs. Scratchitt (Christmas Special) (21 Dec 84)
Contrary to popular belief, only 15 episodes over two series were ever made. It is unknown why many sources claim that there were three series made. This is in fact not true; there were only two series and one Christmas special shown between 1983 and 1984. The sites that list three series may be using working titles in their listings.
The series was filmed mostly in and around both Yorkshrie Television Studios and the Leeds area. Most notable filming location was Leeds General Hospital, especially appearances by old run-down buildings old and new around the leeds-area at the time.
DD Home Entertainment (now known as 'Simply Home Entertainment') released series 1 and 2 in 2008. They claimed that series two was complete at first, However, as the Christmas special was not included, they later dropped this claim (the artwork on the cover stayed the same however) 
The complete first series of Hallelujah! is now available from Network DVD. The complete second series is now also available. The complete series 1 & 2(Including the Christmas Special 'A Goose For Mrs. Scratchitt') has now also been released.
|The Complete Series 1||1983||19 April 2010|
|The Complete Series 2||1984||5 July 2010|
|The Complete Series 1 & 2 and Christmas Special||1983–1984||8 Nov 2010|
Hallelujah! has been released in Australia by Acorn Media Australia. It is a boxset with both series plus the Christmas special. It has been released as an all region DVD (PAL).
- The British Comedy Guide: Hallelujah! The British Comedy Website
- DDHE Releases (Now known as Simply Home Entertainment)
- Hallelujah! Complete Series 1
- Hallelujah! Complete Series 2
- Hallelujah! The Complete Series
- Hallelujah! Complete
1. Lewisohn, Mark. Radio Times Guide to British Comedy p. 292. ISBN 0-563-36977-9