Early Doors

Abel Tasman

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To be fair, Craig Cash had already co-created The Royle Family with Caroline Ahearne and Henry Normal about 4 years before Early Doors began.
Yes you’re absolutely right. Mealey didn’t get involved with RF until after Early Doors so that’s where the timeline was confused.


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One of the best tv shows ever. Love everything about it.

The mix of humour and genuine emotion is wonderful. Brilliantly acted too.

The Card Cheat

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They had a big problem getting this commissioned, BBC wouldn't touch it initially so the writers tried to bring a well known comedian (PK) in as executive producer to add some star backing, but he started to rewrite it and be a total d*ck about everything. So they ditched him, stuck to their guns and eventually BBC took it on. So close to becoming a script sat gathering dust on a shelf.
More evidence that Penelope Keith is a liability.
I concur that Early Doors is an underrated classic.


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I never watched all of this but enjoyed the episodes I did see. The pub and characters remind me of the Cleveland Inn, Normanby in the 80's & 90's when you had to be careful what you said or get tortured for months.


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think my favourite bit has to be Tommy and his job - where he goes on about how much he hates the people he works with.

I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it


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I'll stay on me own.

I squeeze this into general conversation whenever I get the chance. The thing is no one I know has seen Early Doors so have no idea why I say it. Gives me a little giggle inside every time. Brilliant show.