Slinger's Day

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Slinger's Day
Genre Sitcom
Created by Brian Cooke
Starring Bruce Forsyth
Paul Clarkson
David Kelly
Philip Bird
Andrew Paul
Liz Crowther
Charlie Hawkins
Vicky Licorish
Suzanne Church
Jacqueline de Paza
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Producer(s) Mark Stuart
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network Thames Television
ITV
Original release 3 September 1986 (1986-09-03) –
14 October 1987 (1987-10-14)
Chronology
Preceded by Tripper's Day (1984)
Related shows Check It Out!
Full Frys

Slinger's Day is a British sitcom that aired for two seasons from 1986 to 1987, made by Thames Television for the ITV network. It was a continuation of Tripper's Day, which had originally come to a natural end after Leonard Rossiter's death, and, despite the overwhelmingly negative response it had drawn from reviewers and a section of the viewing public, was revived this time with Bruce Forsyth as a different character to Rossiter but fulfilling the same role, that of the manager of a London supermarket with largely incompetent staff.

Like Tripper's Day, it was created by Brian Cooke, however, in contrast to the previous series, Cooke only wrote two episodes of the twelve episodes, more than half of them being written by Vince Powell with others being written by Alex Shearer and Sorry! creators Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent, and one episode written by the prolific Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Slinger's Day represented Forsyth's only ever situation comedy acting role, and he remained more associated with stand-up routines and gameshows.

Plot[edit]

Cecil Slinger (played by Forsyth) is designated by the Supafare supermarket chain as the new manager in the branch that had previously been run by Norman Tripper. Like his predecessor, Slinger is forced to manage a supermarket branch that employs possibly the worst supermarket staff in the world: Mr. Christian (played by Clarkson), the cheerful but naïve assistant manager; Fred (played by Kelly), a lazy, alcoholic and inept security guard; Hardie (played by Bird), the union shop steward; as well as Higgins, Hardie's assistant of sorts (played by Paul), secretary Sylvia (played by Crowther) and the pop tart-like[clarification needed] checkout cashier Dottie (played by Licorish).

Fred replaced Alf (played in Tripper's by Gordon Gostelow), and in the second series Sylvia was replaced by Miss Foster (played by Church) and Dottie was replaced by Shirley (played by de Paza).

Episodes[edit]

Series One (1986)[edit]

  • 1.1. New Management (3 September 1986)
  • 1.2. Going Bananas (10 September 1986)
  • 1.3. Butter Wouldn't Melt (17 September 1986)
  • 1.4. A Right Royal Mix-Up (24 September 1986)
  • 1.5. Black Letter Day (1 October 1986)
  • 1.6. The Nightshift (8 October 1986)

Series Two (1987)[edit]

  • 2.1. Lost and Found (9 September 1987)
  • 2.2. Whose Baby? (16 September 1987)
  • 2.3. Taken for a Ride (23 September 1987)
  • 2.4. Initiative (30 September 1987)
  • 2.5. The Stocktake (7 October 1987)
  • 2.6. A Pane in the Neck (14 October 1987)

DVD release[edit]

The complete series of Slinger's Day was released on 23 April 2012.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Mark Lewisohn, BBC Online Comedy Guide/Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy
  • British TV Online Resources

External links[edit]