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The original and best-known TV show, featuring stand-up comedy, pre-recorded sketches and numerous special guests. Ran between 1979 and 1988.

Directed by Baz Taylor


Series and specials

 

Series 1

6 x 30 minutes

Episode 1 - Sat 28th July 1979, 8pm
With Liza Goddard and Michael Robbins

Episode 2 - Sat 4th August 1979, 8pm
With Maureen Lipman and Sydney Tafler

Episode 3 - Sat 26th October 1979, 8:30pm
With Ernest Clark

Episode 4 - Sat 2nd November 1979, 8:30pm

Episode 5 - Sat 9th November 1979, 8:30pm

Episode 6 - Sat 16th November 1979, 8:30pm.

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Series 2

7 x 30 minutes

Episode 1 - Fri 11th April 1980, 7:30pm.
With special guest Diana Dors.

Episode 2- Fri 18th April 1980, 7:30pm.
With special guest Ernest Clark.

Episode 3 - Fri 25th April 1980, 7:30pm
With special guest Peggy Mount.

Episode 4 - Fri 2nd May 1980, 7:30pm
With special guest Elizabeth Estensen.

Episode 5 - Fri 9th May 1980, 7:30pm

Episode 6 - Fri 16th May 1980, 7:30pm

Episode 7 - Fri 23th May 1980, 7:30pm

Each episode also featured house band Ritz

 

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Christmas Special

Cannon and Ball for Christmas - 6pm Saturday 20th December 1980, 45 minutes
With guest Faith Brown

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Publicity picture for the show

 

Series 3

6 x 30 minutes

Episode 1 - Sat 25th April 1981, 7:35pm With guests Jeep, Dai Francis and John Boulter.

Episode 2 - Sat 2nd May 1981, 7:35pm With guest Anne Murray

Episode 3 - Sat 9th May 1981, 7:35pm

Episode 4 - Sat 16th May 1981, 7:35pm With guest Alan Price

Episode 5 - Sat 23th May 1981, 7:35pm With singing group Ritz, music provided by Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra.

Episode 6 - Sat 30th May 1981, 7:35pm

 

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At Drury Lane

Cannon and Ball at Drury Lane - 7pm Saturday 2nd January 1982, 60 minutes

Dury lane picture 

 

Series 4

6 x 45 minutes

Episode 1 - Sat 8th May 1982, 7:15pm With guests Iris Williams and Steve Davis

Episode 2 - Sat 15th May 1982, 7:15pm. With guest David Essex.

Episode 3 - Sat 22nd May 1982, 7:15pm With guest Bruce Forsyth

Episode 4 - Sat 29th May 1982, 7:15pm With guest Adam Ant performing "Goody Goody Two Shoes".

Episode 5 - Sat 5th June 1982, 7:15pm With guests Frankie Laine and Suzanne Danielle

Episode 6 - Sat 12th June 1982, 7:15pm With guest Leo Sayer

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Compilation...

The Best of Cannon and Ball - 11th December 1982, ? minutes

 

Easter Special

The Cannon and Ball Easter Show - 8:15pm Saturday 2nd April 1983, 60 minutes Guests include Eric Sykes, Jill Gascoine and Mari Wilson

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Series 5

6 x 45 minutes

Episode 1 - Sat 3rd December 1983, 7pm
With guests Cliff Richard, Windsor Davies and Terry Griffiths

Episode 2 - Sat 10th December 1983, 7pm
With guests Stacey Dorning, Status Quo and Frank Bruno

Episode 3 - Sat 17th December 1983, 7pm
With guests Shakin' Stevens, Jocky Wilson, Sarah Brightman and Steve Coppell

Episode 4 - Sat 7th January 1984, 7pm
With guests The Three Degrees, Una Stubbs, Roger Whittaker and Nick Faldo

Episode 5 - Sat 14th January 1984, 7pm
With guests Grace Kennedy, Diana Dors, Robin Gibb and Big Daddy

Episode 6 - Sat 21th January 1984, 7pm
With guests The Four Tops, Peter Saint, Jeffrey Holland and Musical Youth.

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Series 6

Episode 1 - Sat 13th October 1984, 7pm
With guests Englebert Humperdink, The Beverley Sisters and Alec Bregonzi.

Episode 2 - Sat 20th October 1984, 7pm
With guests Guy Mitchell, Sister Sledge and Big Country.

Episode 3 - Sat 27th October 1984, 7pm
With guests Paul young and Richard Clayderman

Episode 4 - Sat 3rd November 1984, 7pm
With guest Rik Mayall

Episode 5 - Sat 10th November 1984, 7pm
With guests Brook Benton, Shakatak and Chas and Dave.

Episode 6 - Sat 17th November 1984, 7pm
With guests Jimmy Tarbuck, Henry Cooper and The Flying Pickets.

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Compilation...

The Best of Cannon and Ball - 7th April 1985, ? minutes

 

Christmas Special

Christmas Cannon and Ball - 7:45pm Saturday 21st December 1985.

With guests Paul Nicholas and Ruth Madoc.

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Series 7

More of a sitcom than previous series, set in the duos London flat. 

Episode 1 - 26th April 1986

Episode 2 - 3rd May 1986

Episode 3 - 10th May 1986

Episode 4 - 17th May 1986

Episode 5 - 24th May 1986

Episode 6 - 31st May 1986

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Series 8

Episode 1 - 10th January 1987

Episode 2 - 17th January 1987

Episode 3 - 24th January 1987

Episode 4 - 31st January 1987

Episode 5 - 7th February 1987

Episode 6 - 14th February 1987

      

 

 

Christmas Special

Cannon and Ball Special - 6:30pm Saturday 27th December 1986, ? minutes
With guests Kim Wilde, Little Richard and Kate O'Mara.

Christmas Special

The Cannon and Ball Show Special - 2nd Jan 1988, ? minutes
With guests David Essex, Dennis Quilley and Rick Astley singing 'When I Fall in Love'.

Series 9

Episode 1 - Sat 28th May 1988, 7pm
With guests Kenny Lynch and Marti Caine.

Episode 2 - Sat 4th June 1988, 7pm
With guests Gloria Hunniford and Russell Grant

Episode 3 - Sat 11th June 1988, 7pm
With guests Sabrina, Kate O'Mara and Eddie 'the eagle' Edwards.

Episode 4 - Sat 18th June 1988, 7pm
With guests Aswad, Marti Caine and Hilary O'Neil.

Episode 5 - Sat 25th June 1988, 7pm
Wit guests Maxi Priest and Lulu.

Episode 6 - Sat 2nd July 1988, 7pm
with guests Nigel Benn, Sandra Dickinson and Glen Madeiros.

Christmas Special

The Cannon and Ball Show - 5:15pm Saturday 24th December 1988, ? minutes
Cannon and Ball sing "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" and "I've Had The Time Of My Life".
With guests the Brian Rogers Dancers, Nosher Powell, Linda Lusardi, Denis Waterman, Chris De Burgh singing "Tender Hands", Brother Beyond singing "Be My Twin", Kim Wilde singing "Four Letter Word".
Includes Lounge Sketch with Rosie McClure and Toni Contay. Cinema sketch with Chris Collins, Brian Rogers and Terry Knowles.
Producer/Director - Graham Wetherell. Writers - Barry Cryer, Eddie Braben, Brian Blackburn, Paul Minett, Brian Leveson, Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, Peter Vincent.


Highlights

Video cover Some of the highlights of the show are included on the 25 years of comedy video.