Season 1 Episode 1

It Couldn't Happen Here

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jun 06, 1991 on Channel 4



  • Trivia

    • The credits to this series are amongst the most error-ridden in television history, especially as regards the cast. It appears that there may have been last-minute cuts to some episodes (particularly episode 4), made after the credits had already been finalised, resulting in some credited actors not actually appearing in the episode in question. This problem was compouded when the original seven-part series was recompiled to ten one-hour episodes for syndicated distribution, with partly remade credits that introduce new errors even while correcting others. Every effort has been made to rectify these problems.

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  • Notes

    • Only Lindsay and Palin get star billing on the first episode. Julie Walters, billed in the opening credits for episodes 2 - 7, is not so credited here, although she does appear in the end credits.

    • Tamana Bleasdale, one of the Floor Runners for this series, is the daughter of the writer and producer, Alan Bleasdale, and had previously appeared as a child actress in her father's earlier TV series, Boys from the Blackstuff.

    • In the cast list for this episode (as well as episodes 4, 6 and 7), the name of the actress playing Monica (Michael Murray's PA) contains a letter unrepresentable in the standard character set: the R (not the E!) in Ayesa Toure's surname has an acute accent. This may be another mistake (see the note under "Goofs and Nitpicks", below), but it is a consistent one in all of the episodes in which she appears.

    • More crewClapper/Loaders ... Jonathan Earp and John FosterAssistant Editors ... Tim Vine and Peter DeakinDubbing Mixers ... Aad Wirtz and Adrian RhodesDubbing Editors ... Colin Miller and Richard DunfordFootsteps Editor ... Jacques LeroideAssistant Dubbing Editors ... Martin Crane, Elaine Thomas and Steve MaguireSound Recordists ... Phil Smith and Peter GlossopBoom Operators ... Tony Cooper and Steve O'BrienSound Assistant ... Shona AuerbachProduction Assistant ... Peter La TerriereProduction Accountant ... Craig BarwickAssistant Accountant ... Rebecca FerrandThird Assistant Director ... Carl OpreyContinuity ... Annie WottonLocation Manager ... Beverley LambLocation Assistant ... Ted DowdChild Casting ... David JohnsonCrowd Casting ... Lloyd PetersAssistant Crowd Casting ... Richard LeddyProps Buyer ... Gillie DelapAssistant Art Director ... Mark StonehouseArt Department Assistant ... Emma TongeWardrobe Supervisor ... Jenny MitchellWardrobe Assistants ... Anna Asgeirsdottir and Julian DayTitles Designed by ... Mendoza ProductionsOptical Effects ... The Optical PartnershipMusic Recording Engineer ... Austin InceMusic Co-ordinator ... Harry Gregson-WilliamsBest Boys ... Ronnie McKay and Tony HughesElectricians ... Jeff Latham, Bill Tracey, John Gracey, Frank Sheekey, Tom O'Sullivan and Mark Gay Chargehand Dresser ... John BaileyDressing Prop ... Danny EvansStandby Props ... Steve Wheeler and Graham StickleyStills Photographer ... Sophie BakerPublicity ... Lynne Kirwin AssociatesStandby Rigger ... Graham BakerStandby Stagehand ... Billy EdwardsStandby Carpenter ... Jed ShawStandby Painter ... Ian RodgersConstruction Manager ... Jim CarlislePainter ... Chris MasonCarpenter ... Jim McNeilTransport Captain ... Richard BoozCamera Car ... Dave FosterProps Standby ... Kieron SmithConstruction Truck ... Charlie SimpsonProps Runaround ... Harry PickeringWinnebago ... Paul BuckleyUnit Drivers ... Jack Wild and Richard WildProduction Runner ... Paul WillcockFloor Runners ... Ben Howarth, Jeff Bowen, Liz Keane, Tamana Bleasdale and Sarah HarrisonChaperone ... Peggy CloeAction Vehicles ... Screen Cars Ltd.Animal Handler ... S. A. P. Dog Training.G.B.H. (Films) Ltd. for Channel Four

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