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* CharacterOutlivesActor: Michael Darbyshire, who played Hubert Davenport, died between seasons. Davenport (and Mumford, whose actor did not want to continue in the show without Darbyshire) were written out by having them score permanent jobs haunting a stately home. (Obviously, in this case, the character was ''already'' dead, but still outlived the actor in the sense of not "moving on".)

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* {{Poltergeist}}: Timothy Claypole was a mischievous medieval jester who love for practical jokes caused him to return as poltergeist.


Over the course of several series, other characters were added: Hazel the [=McWitch=], a Scottish witch; Nadia Popov, a Dutch ghost who suffers from hayfever and teleports away when she sneezes; Catstrophe Kate, a WildWest cowgirl ghost; and the pantomime horse Dobbin, who first appears in a one-off Christmas special called "Rentasanta" and is brought to life by Claypole, who is unable to cancel the spell afterwards thus allowing Dobbin to remain in the show for the rest of the run.

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Over the course of several series, other characters were added: Hazel the [=McWitch=], a Scottish witch; Nadia Popov, a Dutch ghost who suffers from hayfever and teleports away when she sneezes; Catstrophe Catastrophe Kate, a WildWest cowgirl ghost; and the pantomime horse Dobbin, who first appears in a one-off Christmas special called "Rentasanta" and is brought to life by Claypole, who is unable to cancel the spell afterwards thus allowing Dobbin to remain in the show for the rest of the run.

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* CrankyLandlord: Harold Meaker was this, before being forced to take over the firm.


* JacobMarleyApparel: Although it is not explicitly stated, the ghosts appear to wearing what they wear when they died; so Fred Mumford is in mid 70s casual wear, Hubert Davenport is in late Victorian finery, and Timothy Claypole is in medieval jester's motley.

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* JacobMarleyApparel: Although it is not explicitly stated, the ghosts appear to be wearing what they wear wore when they died; so Fred Mumford is in mid 70s casual wear, Hubert Davenport is in late Victorian finery, and Timothy Claypole is in medieval jester's motley.

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* JacobMarleyApparel: Although it is not explicitly stated, the ghosts appear to wearing what they wear when they died; so Fred Mumford is in mid 70s casual wear, Hubert Davenport is in late Victorian finery, and Timothy Claypole is in medieval jester's motley.


* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: The Meakers' CatchPhrase is, whenever the PantomimeHorse starts causing havoc, to look around and say, very unconvincingly, "What a funny horse! I wonder who he belongs to?"

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* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: The Meakers' CatchPhrase is, whenever the PantomimeHorse Pantomime Horse starts causing havoc, to look around and say, very unconvincingly, "What a funny horse! I wonder who he belongs to?"


* WhichRestroomDilemma: One of the characters had reason to be loitering around the change rooms at a swiming pool. One of the attendants started looking at him stragely. He looked at the two signs and, being unsure of what to do and having been told to act like an 'innocent bystander', used his magical powers to create a third sign reading 'Innocent Bystanders' and headed off in that direction.

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* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: The Meakers' CatchPhrase is, whenever the PantomimeHorse starts causing havoc, to look around and say, very unconvincingly, "What a funny horse! I wonder who he belongs to?"
* WhichRestroomDilemma: One of the characters Claypole had reason to be loitering around the change rooms at a swiming swimming pool. One of the attendants started looking at him stragely.strangely. He looked at the two signs and, being unsure of what to do and having been told to act like an 'innocent bystander', used his magical powers to create a third sign reading 'Innocent Bystanders' and headed off in that direction.


When actor Michael Darbyshire (who played the role of Davenport) died in 1979, Anthony Jackson (Mumford) declined to appear in the next series, leaving Michael Staniforth's Claypole the sole original ghost; Davenport and Mumford's absences were explained at the start of the series by them having acquired permanent haunting jobs at a stately home. After Mumford's departure, the business was taken over by a living couple, Harold Meaker and his wife Ethel, who suffered from the various problems the ghosts brought to their lives.

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When actor Michael Darbyshire (who played the role of Davenport) died in 1979, Anthony Jackson (Mumford) declined to appear in the next series, leaving Michael Staniforth's Claypole the sole original ghost; Davenport and Mumford's absences were explained at the start of the series by them having acquired permanent haunting jobs at a stately home. After Mumford's departure, the business was taken over by a living couple, Harold Meaker and his wife Ethel, Ethel (previously the owners of its offices), who suffered from the various problems the ghosts brought to their lives.


* InevitableWaterfall: Mr. and Mrs. Meeker narrowly avoid going over NiagaraFalls. ''In England''.

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* InevitableWaterfall: Mr. and Mrs. Meeker narrowly avoid going over NiagaraFalls.UsefulNotes/NiagaraFalls. ''In England''.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Mumford brings this up when explaining how he will be able to ask for financial assistance from his parents. As his body was never recovered, no one knows he has died.


* CharacterOutlivesActor: Michael Darbyshire, who played Hubert Davenport, died between seasons. Davenport (and Mumford, whose actor did not want to continue in the show with Darbyshire) were written out by having them score permanent jobs haunting a stately home. (Obviously, in this case, the character was ''already'' dead, but still outlived the actor in the sense of not "moving on".)

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* CharacterOutlivesActor: Michael Darbyshire, who played Hubert Davenport, died between seasons. Davenport (and Mumford, whose actor did not want to continue in the show with without Darbyshire) were written out by having them score permanent jobs haunting a stately home. (Obviously, in this case, the character was ''already'' dead, but still outlived the actor in the sense of not "moving on".)


* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Timothy Claypole often consulted his marrote (the stick with a jester's head carved into it) "Tiny Timothy". Given that this is a show with a living pantomime horse, it is extremely unclear how independent Tiny Timothy really is.

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* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Timothy Claypole often consulted his marrote marotte (the stick with a jester's head carved into it) "Tiny Timothy". Given that this is a show with a living pantomime horse, it is extremely unclear how independent Tiny Timothy really is.


* TheCastShowoff: Michael Staniforth as Timothy Claypole could juggle (not unlikely for a court jester), tumble (ditto) and, er, disco-dance on roller skates... He also wrote and sang the theme tune.



* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Michael Darbyshire as Hubert Davenport.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Only the first season has been released on dvd, and complicated rights issues make it unlikely the later seasons will be.


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* OurCentaursAreDifferent: On a few occasions Dobbin would be transformed into a centaur by magic, and acquire the personality of a Greek philosopher in the process. On at least one occasion, he became a ''two-headed'' centaur.


When actor Michael Darbyshire (who played the role of Davenport) died in 1979, Anthony Jackson (Mumford) declined to appear in the next series, leaving Michael Staniforth's Claypole the sole original ghost; Davenport and Mumford's absences were explained at the start of the series by them having acquired permanent haunting jobs at a stately home. After Mumford's departure, the business was taken over by Harold Meaker and his wife Ethel, who suffered from the various problems the ghosts brought to their lives.

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When actor Michael Darbyshire (who played the role of Davenport) died in 1979, Anthony Jackson (Mumford) declined to appear in the next series, leaving Michael Staniforth's Claypole the sole original ghost; Davenport and Mumford's absences were explained at the start of the series by them having acquired permanent haunting jobs at a stately home. After Mumford's departure, the business was taken over by a living couple, Harold Meaker and his wife Ethel, who suffered from the various problems the ghosts brought to their lives.

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