The Dustbinmen

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The Dustbinmen

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Cheese And Egg is the leader of a gang of work-shy refuse collectors who operate a council dustcart (garbage truck) they call "Thunderbird 3." He's in charge of Smellie Ibbotson, Heavy Breathing (so named because he believes he had a way with women), Eric and Winston (an ardent Manchester City supporter). The inspector from the Corporation Cleansing Department, whom they nickname Bloody Delilah, is their sworn enemy. The foul-mouthed, beret wearing Cheese and Egg—so nicknamed because CE are his initials—is respected by the others for his brains. Together, the dustbinmen flout every rule, shirk work whenever possible and discuss (usually disparagingly) local residents by their address or some other recognizable feature, hence "Mrs 23 Valetta Street", "Mrs 14b Kimberley Terrace", "Mrs 24 The Alley" or "Mrs Manchester United". The series originated from a 90 minute Playhouse production titled There's A Hole In Your Dustbin, Delilah. Writer Jack Rosenthal drew his characters from real-life refuse collectors he had met while out and about conducting research, and he set his play in the Lancashire coastal town of Fylde, near Blackpool.

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John Woodvine

John Woodvine

Bloody Delilah (series 1)

Trevor Bannister

Trevor Bannister

Heavy Breathing 1969-1970

Brian Wilde

Brian Wilde

Bloody Delilah

Tim Wylton

Tim Wylton

Eric

Bryan Pringle

Bryan Pringle

Cheese and Egg

Graham Haberfield

Graham Haberfield

Winston Platt

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  • OK sitcom

    6.5
    This sitcom was average. This sitcom had strong story plots such as getting stuck in the waste desposal site overnight due to fog and one about being banned from Man City's ground. The comedy was not good because it didn't make me laugh. The cast were good because each cast member had a unique character such as Cheese and Egg was a leader, Winston was a Man CIty fan, heavy breathing was a womanizer and Eric was a pluicky type of character. They always tried to get off work. The inspector the waste disposal site was annoyed by them. This sitcom had excellent scenary because it was lifelike. Overall: 6.5/10moreless
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