February 2nd -
July 1985 (10am - 11.20 am, except 18th May: 9.30am -
- Ethel's bank manager,
Frederick Crossfield, made regular appearances in this
series, in which he became her unlikely suitor. The
wedding episode ('Ding-Dong') was the last show,
featuring a host of celebrity wedding guests - 5 Star,
King, Bucks Fizz, Junior... As it turned out, they both
stood each other up (shades of the Mavis and Derek
storyline in Coronation Street the previous year),
but this wasn't revealed till the beginning of the next
Roman Around, the
first of this year's 'Front Door Productions'.
5 FASCINATING FACTS!
- Among this year's
'Front Door Productions' were Roman Around,
The Three Musketeers, and something
- Roman Around
was filmed at Hever Castle in Kent (surprise) and
featured "the four from No. 73 playing 34
different parts between them!"
- Sandi Toksvig
confessed "Now I've got a few of these
productions under my belt, I'm writing them much
quicker as I'm more sure of what will make the
audience laugh, and exactly how far we can go...
The trickiest thing about writing these stories
is making sure that you don't end up with scenes
where two characters talking to each other are
both supposed to be played by the same
actor!" (Look-In, February 2nd.)
- 73 was broadcast in
'Aromavision' on June 15th, via an Aromapack which came
free with TV Times. This was a preview of an item to be
featured on "The Real World" - the TVS science
show starring ex-Tomorrow's World presenter Michael Rodd
- which was itself a follow-up to their earlier 3D
- The four lucky viewers of
this year's Super Sleuth competition won a 10 day trip to
|NEIL AND NICK - THE NEW
to Look-In (18th February): "For Nick Staverson and
Neil Buchanan, the early arrival of the new series of No.
73 meant a slight postponement of dreams of pop stardom!
The twosome had been spending their time off getting some
demo tapes ready to take round record companies.
- "Says Nick: 'Neil
and I work really well together. He's quite a musician
and has written the numbers, while I've been taught to
sing so I handle the vocals. We had just got to the stage
where we felt we had something to show for our efforts,
when it was back to No. 73, earlier than usual. The delay
won't be that serious really, because Neil and I are
seeing each other practically every day, so we can still
- "Since talking to
Nick, word has reached us that there are a few record
labels interested in the duo's work, so it shouldn't be
long before they get into your local record shop!"
- It was.
An exclusive behind-the-scenes piccy
from the wedding episode. Note, on the back wall, the frieze of
the entire street drawn by young viewer Nic Ayling - now a
television producer himself at the famed Maidstone studios!
(Isn't that Kevin Spacey standing next
to Neil Buchanan?)
Picture courtesy and (C) Gary
Rose (ex-TVS Telecine, now Maidstone Studios VTR)