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The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club - The Complete Series 6 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Bernard Manning, Colin Crompton, Paul Daniels, Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball
  • Directors: Nicholas Ferguson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CGYHBVY
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Bernard Manning comperes and fellow stand-up veteran Colin Crompton is 'Mr. Chairman' at The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club - the friendliest working men's club in the North! Cut from the same cloth as The Comedians, this Seventies ratings hit captures the quickfire comedy, musical variety and convivial atmosphere of a typical Clubland concert night, showcasing rising stars, contemporary acts, local talent and world-renowned performers.

Entertaining a typically appreciative audience in this final series (billed as At the Wheeltappers in TV Times) are Paul Daniels, Cannon and Ball, George Melly, The New Vaudeville Band and The Dubliners, with Lancastrian folk-pop from Fivepenny Piece, comedian/singer-songwriter Bob Williamson, and the Rochdale Cowboy himself, Mike Harding.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Though ten episodes were filmed for this series only eight were shown on television. The ninth - an edition with controversial hypnotist Martin St. James - is included here, as is the tenth - Terry Webster and Dictionary - which is presented here as an unedited recording block

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The sixth and final series of the Wheeltappers saw a few changes to the series' format. Firstly the running time was reduced from 40 minutes to 25 and instead of each show featuring a number of turns, there's just one act per programme.

This seems to have been due to a reduction in the series' budget and it's a shame that there isn't the variety of acts as previous runs. But on the upside, having just one turn allows them a decent amount of time to perform and this works very well.

The star turns featured in the eight transmitted shows are as follows - Bob Williamson, New Vaudeville Band, Paul Daniels, The Dubliners, George Melly and the Feetwarmers, Cannon and Ball, Fivepenny Piece and Mike Harding.

Pick of the acts for me were the New Vaudeville Band, The Dubliners and George Melly, with only Cannon and Ball being a little below par. Their act wasn't very different from their previous Wheeltappers appearances, so there's a feeling of having seen it all before.

Apart from these eight shows, there's an additional two untransmitted programmes. The first, featuring hypnotist Martin St. James, was due to go out seventh in the run but was postponed and never rescheduled.

The last - featuring Terry Webster and Dictionary - never reached the final edit stage so is presented on the DVD as an unedited recording block. Running to 67 minutes this is a fascinating insight into how the programme was made, including the chance to see all the bits that would have been cut out in order to trim the show down to the 25 minute length for transmission. Why it was never transmitted could be down to the fact that Terry Webster is desperately unfunny, although it's possible that a good edit could have made something out of it.
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The sixth of and final series differs from the previous five in a number of ways. There is just one headline act rather than the four of more turns that appeared in each of the earlier shows. The series was broadcast as, At the Wheeltappers, with a thirty-minute time slot and screened on a Thursday night instead a Saturday one, which led to a drop in viewing figures and cancellation of the show.

Given the headline acts this was probably best series in the terms of the quality of the entertainment. George Melly and the Feetwarmers, The Dubliners and the Fivepenny Piece are all outstanding, Mike Harding and Paul Daniels are very good, Cannon and Ball are Cannon and Ball, and the New Vaudeville Band and Bob Williamson are the other two acts from the broadcast shows.

In addition to the eight broadcast shows, there are two others which remained unscreened. The hypnotist Martin St James appears in one and singing impressionist Terry Webster, supported by his backing group Dictionary, appears in the other. Both are disorganised affairs. The first show starts as Martin St James has already chosen his twelve subjects and he persuades to commit a whole load of embarrassing actions that are to see as entertaining. The whole thing is a mess. Of more interest is the show featuring Terry Webster. The seventy minute unedited episode has Terry repeatedly leaving the stage to change costume while Colin Crompton fills in, sometimes in the club chairman role and at other times as himself. As himself he does himself no justice and will no doubt disappoint a number of his fans. There was probably enough broadcastable material to full a thirty minute programme and I wonder why it didn't happen.

The DVD would have benefitted by a contribution from producer Johnnie Hamp giving a history of the programme's origin and development.

Like the previous five DVDs, an entertaining watch for people who enjoyed television variety shows.
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Well, having been a massive fan of this once great TV series - and having watched them all; both at the time, and purchased the previous five sets, (and hating to say it...) this final one is a complete and utter disaster full of rubbish and is a total waste of money... Well, excepting `The Five Penny Piece' show which was enjoyable, and ironically, the very last show that did not air turns out to be the very best of a bad lot, with Terry Webster putting his all into it, and is very good at the impressions and very funny too - this really did deserve a showing and it seems most unfair that it didn't ever get an airing - especially considering the rubbish that had gone before it; the great irony here being that Terry Webster was by far the funniest and most talented of all the acts in this particular series... `Cannon and Ball' were not funny at all (never liked them anyway) and merely shout throughout and are just plain silly and stupid... `Mike Harding' is decidedly boring - along with the fact that he sings the exact same supposedly funny song he did on a previous show; `Paul Daniels' did very much the same things too (and talked too much!), and so had I not been a `completest' and had not forgotten these shows (not surprising really!) I most definitely would not have purchased this final series...

For anyone trying out the `Wheeltappers' for the first time who have never seen them, watching/purchasing this last series for the first one to try out would be a MASSIVE mistake and total disaster; they'd never want to even look up the previous sets...
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