Shine on Harvey Moon
|Shine on, Harvey Moon|
|Created by||Laurence Marks|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||41 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Allan McKeown|
|Original release||8 January 1982 –|
18 August 1995
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 campaigns against the local Hackney branch of the far right Union Movement, after his mother expresses support for the UM albeit briefly.
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 second series recorded in the same studios under the ownership of Central Television and with the remaining series filmed at Central's newly constructed facilities in Nottingham.
- Frieda Gottlieb – Suzanne Bertish
- Harvey Moon – Kenneth Cranham and Nicky Henson
- Erich Gottlieb – Leonard Fenton
- Lou Lewis – Nigel Planer
- Veronica – Pauline Quirke
- Maggie Moon – Linda Robson
- Violet "Nan" Moon – Elizabeth Spriggs
- Rita Moon – Maggie Steed
- Harriet Wright – Fiona Victory
- Stanley Moon – Lee Whitlock
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 Hawksley, played by Colin Salmon, an old friend of Harvey's who was facing racial prejudice.
Three 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 and the other, released in 2007, contains all episodes of series 3. In 2012 a three disc set was released containing all episodes of series 4.