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Desmond's (1989–94) was a British sitcom by Channel Four; it was one of their longest sitcoms of all time and managed to have a 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 first in British televisionnote . 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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  • Catchphrase: Matthew had "There's an old African saying..."
  • Christmas Episode: Was also the final episode of the final series.
  • '80s Hair: Plenty of biiiiiiig hair, particularly since it's a show set in a salon.
  • The '80s: 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.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: An American pastor whose wife left him over suspicions of adultery, and who was subsequently defrocked, decides that the trim he got from Desmond is the root cause of all his problems and procceds to sue.
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  • 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, whose addition to the cast was due to Executive Meddling. (At least, according to The Other Wiki.)


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