Hallelujah! (TV series)
|Created by||Dick Sharples|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Running time||25 minutes per episode|
|Original release||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 is her niece Alice Meredith (Patsy Rowlands).
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.
- 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[according to whom?], 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.
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.
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.
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) 
Both series of Hallelujah! and the Christmas Special are now available from Network DVD.
|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)". Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
- Hallelujah! The Complete Series
- "Hallelujah! Complete". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.