History Series / Desmonds

25th Dec '15 7:45:55 AM Kitchen90
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''Desmond's'' was set in a hair salon in Peckham, South-London and had a large black ensemble cast, which was one of the first in British television[[note]]The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family[[/note]. It centered around the Ambrose family, but mostly the owner of salon Desmond Ambrose, who is constantly called out as a terrible barber by his family. The rest of his family provided the rest of the comedy, which came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.

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''Desmond's'' was set in a hair salon in Peckham, South-London and had a large black ensemble cast, which was one of the first in British television[[note]]The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family[[/note].family[[/note]]. It centered around the Ambrose family, but mostly the owner of salon Desmond Ambrose, who is constantly called out as a terrible barber by his family. The rest of his family provided the rest of the comedy, which came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.
25th Dec '15 7:45:28 AM Kitchen90
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Desmond's was a BritCom made from 1989-1994. It centred around a family-run barbershop in Peckham, and was one of the earliest shows on British television to have a mostly black cast[[note]]The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family[[/note]]. Much of the comedy came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.

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'''''Desmond's''''' (1988 -- 1994)
was a BritCom made from 1989-1994. It centred around British sitcom by Creator/ChannelFour; it was one of their longest sitcoms of all time and managed to have a family-run barbershop brief spin-off series in 1995.

''Desmond's'' was set in a hair salon
in Peckham, South-London and had a large black ensemble cast, which was one of the earliest shows on first in British television to have a mostly black cast[[note]]The television[[note]]The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family[[/note]]. Much family[[/note]. It centered around the Ambrose family, but mostly the owner of salon Desmond Ambrose, who is constantly called out as a terrible barber by his family. The rest of his family provided the rest of the comedy comedy, which came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.
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14th Jun '15 6:13:10 PM Lullabee
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* TokenWhite: Tony, who's addition to the cast was due to ExecutiveMeddling. (At least, according to TheOtherWiki.)

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* TokenWhite: Tony, who's whose addition to the cast was due to ExecutiveMeddling. (At least, according to TheOtherWiki.)
7th May '15 1:42:26 AM tenryufan
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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: The first episode of ''Porkpie'' reveals Shirley is widowed and now runs the shop, Norman Beaton having died the previous year.
2nd Dec '14 10:55:00 AM hbi2k
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* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Desmond's son fails a school assignment for writing an essay on being young, black and British because his teacher feels it has too much of a middle-class perspective. Or as his sister puts it "They're saying he's not black enough!"
4th Sep '13 3:50:14 PM gallium
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Dominic Keating, who played Tony, went on to play Malcolm Reed in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
* TheEighties: Michael is the archetypal 80s yuppy, with double-breasted suit and enormous and presumably madly expensive mobile phone.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Dominic Keating, who played Tony, went on to play Malcolm Reed in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
* TheEighties: Michael is the archetypal 80s yuppy, yuppie, with double-breasted suit and enormous and presumably madly expensive mobile phone.
12th Oct '12 11:51:34 AM minkbob
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Desmond's was a BritCom made from 1989-1994. It centred around a family-run barbershop in Peckham, and was one of the earliest shows on British television to have a mostly black cast[[hottip:*:The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family]]. Much of the comedy came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.

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Desmond's was a BritCom made from 1989-1994. It centred around a family-run barbershop in Peckham, and was one of the earliest shows on British television to have a mostly black cast[[hottip:*:The cast[[note]]The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family]].family[[/note]]. Much of the comedy came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.
24th Jun '12 2:29:50 PM nombretomado
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Dominic Keating, who played Tony, went on to play Malcolm Reed in StarTrekEnterprise.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Dominic Keating, who played Tony, went on to play Malcolm Reed in StarTrekEnterprise.''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
27th Mar '12 5:11:28 PM movie007
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Desmond's was a BritCom made from 1989-1994. It centred around a family-run barbershop in Peckham, and was one of the earliest shows on British television to have a mostly black cast[[hottip:*:The ''absolute'' earliest was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fosters The Fosters]]'', which ran from 1976-77, and ''also'' starred Norman Beaton as the head of the family]]. Much of the comedy came from the generation and culture gap between the very West Indian parents Desmond and Shirley, and their very English children, Michael, Gloria and Sean.

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!!This show provides examples of:
* BritishAccents: Most of the young characters had Cockney accents. (The older generation had West Indian accents.)
* CatchPhrase: Matthew had "There's an old African saying..."
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: The first episode of ''Porkpie'' reveals Shirley is widowed and now runs the shop, Norman Beaton having died the previous year.
* EightiesHair: Plenty of biiiiiiig hair, particularly since it's a show set in a salon.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Dominic Keating, who played Tony, went on to play Malcolm Reed in StarTrekEnterprise.
* TheEighties: Michael is the archetypal 80s yuppy, with double-breasted suit and enormous and presumably madly expensive mobile phone.
* {{Spinoff}}: ''Porkpie'', in which the titular character [[RagsToRiches wins the lottery]].
* ThematicThemeTune:
-->From the long warm nights with the ocean breeze,\\
To the damp and to the rain of London city.\\
We come from the sun to live in the cold,\\
I miss my rum, I want my coconut tree.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Matthew and Porkpie.
* TokenWhite: Tony, who's addition to the cast was due to ExecutiveMeddling. (At least, according to TheOtherWiki.)
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