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Series: Desmond's

Desmond's was a Brit Com 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 castnote . 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.


This show provides examples of:

  • British Accents: Most of the young characters had Cockney accents. (The older generation had West Indian accents.)
  • Catch Phrase: Matthew had "There's an old African saying..."
  • The Character Died with Him: The first episode of Porkpie reveals Shirley is widowed and now runs the shop, Norman Beaton having died the previous year.
  • '80s Hair: Plenty of biiiiiiig hair, particularly since it's a show set in a salon.
  • The Eighties: Michael is the archetypal 80s yuppie, with double-breasted suit and enormous and presumably madly expensive mobile phone.
  • Spinoff: Porkpie, in which the titular character wins the lottery.
  • Thematic Theme Tune:
    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.
  • The Whitest Black Guy: 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!"
  • Those Two Guys: Matthew and Porkpie.
  • Token White: Tony, who's addition to the cast was due to Executive Meddling. (At least, according to The Other Wiki.)

Alternative Title(s):

Desmonds