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on 28 January 2007
A blast form my past, back in those dim, distant days when TV was mainly back & white, finished at 10:30pm Sundays to Thursdays and ITV could still churn out half-decent sitcoms.

Although I was only about 7 or 8 years old at the time this forgotten gem had its run on national TV, I could still recall bits and pieces of various episodes.

For those who can't remember that far back (or who just don't care to) "The Dustbinmen" was the one of the first TV outings for the late Jack Rosenthal, who had premiered the concept with a TV play "There's A Hole In Your Dustbin, Deliliah" (also included in the package, along with a 10 minute sketch for an 1970 ITV Christmas show).

With a few changes in cast a series was commissioned and hit the road in 1969 where it ran for 3 series; although Rosenthal stopped writing the seies towards the end of Series 2 and was replaced by a number of writers including "Coronation Street" writer Adele Rose and actor Kenneth Cope who turn out one episode each

The series follows the misadventures of Number Three Gang from a Cleanisng depot somewhere in Manchester and who are made up of Heavy Breathing (Trevor Bannister) a rather reluctant sex-symbol for the ladies of the gang's area; bellicose, devoted Manchester City fan Winston (Graham Haberfield)- driver of the gang's cart, Thunderbird 3 - and naive, slightly dim,Welsh lad Eric (Tim Wylton)whose ambition is to own a colour television. Keeping the lads together is the worldly wise Cheese & Egg (Bryan Pringle) always on the look out for a fiddle or a skive and always with one eye out for the harassed Inspector, (Frank Windsor in the play, John Woodvine in the first series, Brian Wilde thereafter) less than affectionately nicknamed "Bloody Delilah" and his pet snoop Smellie Ibbotson.

A frequent target of the Clean Up TV Campain due to it's (for the ime) strong language - "Bloody" and "piggin'" feature in alomst every sentence along with the traditional British 2-fingered salute every couple of minutes.

If nothing else, telly addicts and "Coronation Street" fans in particular, will enjoy spotting a few famous faces throught. Paula Wilcox appears in two episodes as Winston's long suffering girlfriend Naomi (Winston does love her - but not half as much as he loves Colin Bell!) and there are appearances by "Street" stalwarts Julie Goodyear, Bryan Mosley, Peter Dudley & Barbara Knox (Billed as Barbara Mullaney) as well as "Emmerdale" favourite Paula Tilbrook, "Juliet Bravo"'s Stephanie Turner and an appearance by Helen Fraser, playing a dolly-bird who couldn't be further removed from her "Bad Girls" character, Sylvia "Bodybag" Hollingby.

In fairness all 3 series do now seem dated and chuckles rather than belly laughs and certain epsidodes picture quality do dip from time to time; but overall a very underrated sitcom that's well worth a watch - especially at the price given here!
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on 22 June 2007
I only vaguely remembered this show from the last 60's early 70's. Indeed it wasn't until i bought it that i realized how much i had forgotten. In fact it took a short period of disappointment, before I gave it a second viewing, and was glad i did. As i would have missed 4 discs of fun from 3 great series, and a feature length pilot show.

If you lived through those times of union power in Britain, you heard words and phrases such as "work to rule" and "demarcation" I'd actually forgotten those two, but they came up pretty quickly from "Cheese & Egg" the works shop steward and boss of number 3 crew. The characters are stereotypes from the 60's and 70's yes, but I was there and i assure you those stereotypes and their like emptied our bins week in week out. My girlfriends dad working "on the bins" only reinforced the link.

We see them skiving, dropping rubbish on the paths of "non Christmas tippers", working fast all morning and going home early, and even committing the Bin mans gravest offense of "totting" ie: selling items of value found in the rubbish. Jack Rosenthal who wrote the scripts, got all those ideas from real bin men he watched. He was an inveterate 'watcher' of people, and got all his best ideas from snooping at the bus queue or listening to others conversations, and readily admitted it.

A great dvd of three series, consisting of 20 episodes, one xmas special short, and one feature length pilot show. One surprise for me was the inclusion of Trevor Bannister, of 'Are you being served 'fame. He portrays the character 'Heavy breathing' the one all the ladies love. I had totally forgotten he was in it, and for some bizarre reason he seems taller and broader in this role ? Make of that what you will!
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on 24 September 2006

I had completely forgotten about this series until I saw it advertised on DVD. For less than 13 quid, it was too good an opportunity to reminisce to turn down.

It is not Fawlty Towers or Only Fools and Horses so was never side splittingly funny first time around, but it does have it's moments.

Anyone who watched it on TV at the time and enjoyed it then would enjoy it even more now.

And the transfer to DVD is excellent.

Get it - you won't be disappointed.

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on 12 February 2009
this takes you back to the sixties expecialy if you were a dustman,the good old days.
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on 28 January 2013
Just take yourself back to the 70`s or could be 80`s relive the times, great to remember the old days even if you were not born when they were made still v funny
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on 1 August 2013
good quality dvds,excellent delivery time,bring back nostalgic comedy ,which in these day many people long for without the pc brigade sticking there noses in.
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on 7 January 2015
Haven"t actually got round to watching yet but I remember the series from when it was on T/V.It was a good laugh then & will make me laugh again when I watch it,(I'm 61 now !!).Fondly remember Cheese & Egg,Smelly Ibbotson,Heavy Breathing etc,not forgetting"Thunderbird 3"
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on 2 September 2011
I had been looking for The Dustbinmen for quite some time, I ended up having a look on Amazon and by jove there it was. I placed my order and it arrived in double quick time. I was very happy with the service and the excellent product.
Lord Walker.
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on 22 April 2013
Bring back the black and white programmes when programmes where fun and full of laughter and enjoyment. Bought this product for friends and family too. Excellent to bring back good memories
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on 7 June 2013
I love the old comedy and have many of the box sets.
I will order more when I can get them.
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