Released 22 July 2013 by Network DVD. The sixth series of the TV variety show
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 internationally 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 inclded here, as is the tenth – Terry Webster and Dictionary – which is presented here as an unedited recording block.
Compere BERNARD MANNING
Chairman COLIN CROMPTON
Musical Director: DEREK HILTON
Executive Producer: JOHN HAMP
Produced by: JEREMY FOX and ROD TAYLOR
Directed by: PETER WALKER
Original ITV Transmission 14 April to 9 June 1977
Picture 1.33:1 colour
Sound Mono English
Duration 310 minutes approx
Region 2 PAL
Original ITV Transmission 14 April 1977
New Vaudeville Band
Original ITV Transmission 21 April 1977
Original ITV Transmission 28 April 1977
Original ITV Transmission 5 May 1977
George Melly and The Feetwarmers
Original ITV Transmission 12 May 1977
Cannon and Ball
Original ITV Transmission 19 May 1977
Original ITV Transmission 2 June 1977
Original ITV Transmission 9 June 1977
Martin St. James
Originally scheduled for 26 May 1977, this edition was postponed and never rescheduled.
Terry Webster and Dictionary
This tenth recorded show did not get to final edit stage and was never shown on television. Included here is the original, unedited recording block which would have been used to create the final programme.
Episode 1: Bob Williamson
Episode 2: New Vaudeville Band
Episode 3: Paul Daniels
Episode 4: The Dubliners
Episode 5: George Melly and The Feetwarmers
Episode 6: Cannon and Ball
Episode 7: Fivepenny Piece
Episode 8: Mike Harding
Episode 9: Martin St. James
Episode 10: Terry Webster and Dictionary