Hallelujah! (TV series)

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Hallelujah!
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Created byDick Sharples
StarringThora Hird
Patsy Rowlands
Rosamund Greenwood
David Daker
Garfield Morgan
Geoffrey Bayldon
Michael Aldridge
Country of originUK
No. of series2
No. of episodes15
Production
Producer(s)Yorkshire Television
Running time25 minutes per episode
Release
Original networkITV
Original release29 April 1983 –
21 December 1984

Hallelujah! was a British sitcom made by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network and was broadcast from 29 April 1983 to 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 is her niece Alice Meredith (Patsy Rowlands).

The programme was a repeat collaboration between Hird and the creator Dick Sharples, who had worked together on the comedy series In Loving Memory between 1979 and 1986.

The series also featured guest appearances from the likes of Hird's Last of the Summer Wine co-star Michael Aldridge and television presenter Richard Whiteley.

Plot[edit]

The show was set in the Salvation Army based on the fictional Yorkshire town of Brigthorpe during Series 1, and in the equally fictional Yorkshire place of Blackwick during Series 2. Dame Thora Hird starred as Captain Emily Ridley, with Patsy Rowlands as her niece Alice Meredith and Rosamund Greenwood as Sister Dorothy Smith (who left after the first series and was later replaced by David Daker as Brother Benjamin in the second series).

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.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (1983)[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

  • 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[according to whom?], only 15 episodes over two series were ever made. It is unknown why many sources[citation needed] 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.[1] The sites that list three series may be using working titles in their listings.

In 1985, it was reported that a continuation/sequel of the series was to be produced for BBC 2. This follow-on series ultimately never appeared; instead, Hird later that year signed up to play Edie Pegdon, a character with a number of parallels to her Hallelujah! character Captain Emily Ridley, in Last of the Summer Wine, a role that was written especially for her by Roy Clarke when she became available.

Location filming[edit]

The series was filmed mostly in and around both Yorkshire Television Studios and the Leeds area. Most notable filming location was Leeds General Infirmary, especially appearances by old run-down buildings old and new around the Leeds-area at the time. The opening sequence was filmed outside the Garden Gate pub in Hunslet.

DVD release[edit]

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) [2]

Both series of Hallelujah! and the Christmas Special are now available from Network DVD.[3]

DVD Year(s) Release date
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.[4] It is a boxset with both series plus the Christmas special. It has been released as an all region DVD (PAL).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The British Comedy Guide: Hallelujah! The British Comedy Website
  2. ^ "DDHE Releases (Now known as Simply Home Entertainment)". Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  3. ^ Hallelujah! The Complete Series
  4. ^ "Hallelujah! Complete". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.

1. Lewisohn, Mark. Radio Times Guide to British Comedy p. 292. ISBN 0-563-36977-9

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