Shine on Harvey Moon

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Shine on Harvey Moon!
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Format Comedy-drama
Created by Laurence Marks
Maurice Gran
Starring Kenneth Cranham
Maggie Steed
Linda Robson
Elizabeth Spriggs
Lee Whitlock
Nigel Planer
Leonard Fenton
Suzanne Bertish
Pauline Quirke
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 41 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Allan McKeown
Producer(s) Central Television
(1982–1985)
Meridian Broadcasting
(1995)
Witzend Productions
(1982 – 1985, 1995)
Running time
  • 30 minutes (series 1 & 5)
  • 60 minutes (series 2 – 4)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 8 January 1982 (1982-01-08) – 18 August 1995 (1995-08-18)

Shine on Harvey Moon! is a British television series made by Central Television for ITV from 8 January 1982 to 23 August 1985 and briefly revived in 1995 by Meridian.

This generally light-hearted series was created by comedy writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The series is set in the East End of London shortly after the Second World War. Upon being demobbed RAF serviceman Harvey Moon, played by Kenneth Cranham, returns home and finds his family involved in various troubles. His wife Rita, played by Maggie Steed, is not interested in resuming their relationship, and works in a seedy nightclub frequented by American servicemen. He becomes involved with the Labour Party and the union movement.

The name of the series is a wordplay on the title of the popular 1908 song "Shine On, Harvest Moon". The first series was commissioned and recorded by ATV (the forerunner to Central Television) at their Elstree studios with the remaining series filmed at newly constructed facilities in Nottingham.

Regular cast[edit]

The series was revived by Meridian Television in 1995, this time set during the 1950s, with Nicky Henson taking over the role of Harvey. It also brought in a new regular character, Noah Harker, played by Colin Salmon, an old friend of Harvey's who was facing racial prejudice.

DVD Release[edit]

Two 3-disc DVD box sets have been released by Acorn Media UK. The first comprises all episodes from series 2 and selected episodes from series 1[1] and the other, released in 2007, contains all episodes of series 3.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shine On Harvey Moon Series 1 & 2". Acorn Media. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Shine On Harvey Moon Series 3". Acorn Media. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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