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Language: English
Category: TV Series / Comedy / Drama
Original Title: Flickers
Duration: 50min
Video type: TV Series
Arnie and Maud Cole are a very odd couple. She wanted a father for her unborn child, he needed the money middle-class Maud could provide. Together they negotiate the rough and tumble world of the silent movie business, with dreams of having their own production company. In the process, they become partners indeed.
Series cast summary:
Bob Hoskins Bob Hoskins - Arnie Cole 6 episodes, 1980
Frances de la Tour Frances de la Tour - Maud 6 episodes, 1980
Fraser Cains Fraser Cains - Llewellyn 6 episodes, 1980
Philip Madoc Philip Madoc - Jack Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid - Lily Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Dickie Arnold Dickie Arnold - Corky Brown 6 episodes, 1980
Valerie Holliman Valerie Holliman - Cora Brown 6 episodes, 1980
Granville Saxton Granville Saxton - Max Legendre 6 episodes, 1980
Jim Hooper Jim Hooper - Percy Bowden 6 episodes, 1980
Joanna Foster Joanna Foster - Clara Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Teresa Codling Teresa Codling - Dotty Brewer 6 episodes, 1980
Tom Cotcher Tom Cotcher - Hector 6 episodes, 1980
Sheri Shepstone Sheri Shepstone - Violet 6 episodes, 1980
Peggy Ann Wood Peggy Ann Wood - Nanny 5 episodes, 1980
Sherrie Hewson Sherrie Hewson - Letty 4 episodes, 1980
Patrick Gordon Patrick Gordon - Gilbert Winslow 4 episodes, 1980
Maxine Audley Maxine Audley - Gwendoline Harper 3 episodes, 1980
Andy de la Tour Andy de la Tour - Clive 3 episodes, 1980
Joe Dunlop Joe Dunlop - Cameraman / - 2 episodes, 1980
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters - Captain Sandbeck 2 episodes, 1980
Teddy Turner Teddy Turner - Eddy Marco 2 episodes, 1980
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek - Mr. Crane 2 episodes, 1980
Ronald Russell Ronald Russell - Butler 2 episodes, 1980

The little comic, Corky Brown, has a monocle drawn on his face, a reference to the drawn-on mustache of Charles Chaplin.

Reviews: [7]

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    This delightful series starts slowly, but hang on--its worth the ride. When Arnie Cole first meets Maud, she seems a total snob, but then she is devastated to find herself pregnant and the father wanting nothing more to do with her. Arnie will marry her and, in exchange, she will sponsor him in his desire to enter the Flicker business, first as an exhibitor, then as a filmmaker. Other characters enter the story, but the emphasis is always on Arnie and Maud. Their relationship changes and we believe it all. We start to like Maud more and more as we watch the changes in her character. The writing is great and the performances by Bob Hoskins as Arnie and Frances de la Tour as Maude are nothing short of wonderful. I wish they'd rerun this series or release it on video. If you get a chance to see it, jump!
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    I was quite surprised to find this series in IMDb - I thought it was all but forgotten. Hurrah for the internet!

    This series was the first in a set of great Masterpiece Theatre presentations. This is the set in chronological order (as I remember them): Flickers, Brideshead Revisited, Love in A Cold Climate, To Serve Them All My Days.

    Flickers has distinction, not just because it was the first of the set, but also because it depicted a period just outside of the decadent two decades that existed between the wars. (I am a big fan of the twenties and thirties, and also of authors such as Wodehouse, E.F. Benson and Waugh, but I will be the first to say that the whole Lovely Wonderful Tortured Decadent Lost Generation thing has been done to death.)

    The world depicted in Flickers - the "movie" industry of the early 20th century - is gritty, wild, bold and fresh. The characters are not nobles leading charmed lives or la-de-da middle-class prototypes working on their intellectual integrity, but working people. All the more interesting is the fact that the characters work in the embryonic industry, before concepts such as "film", "artistes" and "auteur" had popped into anyones head.

    The series exploits, and squeezes some amazing esoterica and unique humor from, the historical detail of the period. And the cast is fantastic - real characters using their craft to depict real characters, not blank and blandly-pretty Actors engaging in the Method to evoke the essence....well, you get the idea.

    I first saw this series the same year I discovered the New Wave, and I think this was very fitting; in terms of spirit and style, Flickers had more in common with the punky, jagged and recklessly-original late-seventies that with the too-cool-for-school eighties.
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    This six-part Masterpiece Theatre comedy (!) is just about perfect.

    The actors are extremely well cast and the roles are written with more depth than you see in 98-percent of all feature films. With each episode, the laughs come easier, the situations intensify and the characters become more and more like family. The emotional high point comes on a throwaway line, and it is perfect. Hoskins and de la Tour should have worked together many, many more times; they make a wonderful comedy team. A crime that this series isn't available on video: come on, PBS! I'll even pledge a membership if you make a FLICKERS DVD or VHS the premium! Hurry up, before my 20-year-old EP copy disintegrates!
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    I rented the first two episodes from Netflix and was delighted to see them again after 25 years. As others have said, the chemistry between Bob Hoskins (Arnie Cole) and Frances de la Tour (Maud) really powers the show -- some of the subplots are a tad tedious. This was the first thing I ever saw Hoskins in and I've been a fan ever since. De la Tour hasn't been all that visible over the years, though she was also great in the comedy series Rising Damp (another one worth seeing again) and she had a small role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (where she played the giant visiting French teacher).

    Also memorable are Fraser Cains as Llewelyn, Arnie's long-suffering Welsh film projectionist, and Peggy Ann Wood as Maud's feisty Nanny.
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    A total delight and very very funny. All the characters (especially Arnie and Maud) are believable and lovable. I was first introduced to Bob Hoskins in this film and have been an ardent admirer of his extraordinary talent ever since.

    But whatever happened to Frances de la Tour?

    Please bring Flickers back by re-run or by any other means. Would love to have my personal video or DVD.
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    This 6-part series is a joyous spoof of the beginnings of the British film industry with low-born Arnie Cole (Bob Hoskins) and sidekick Llewellyn (Fraser Cains) desperate to become filmmakers. Arnie is so desperate, he even forms a loveless marriage with a well-to-do spinster Maud (Frances de la Tour) to get the money to start his film company.

    Many film "types" are spoofed, including the little comedian who's quite nasty in real life, the adult woman posing as a child star, the foreign-born auteurs, the great star who deigns to be in films ... for a price, and the unsung technical genius behind the camera who makes it all work.

    Plot also shows what a cutthroat business it really was in those early years with sabotage and theft as usual business practices.

    Driven by catchy music by Ron Grainer and star-making performance by Hoskins and De la Tour, the six episodes whiz by, leaving the audience wishing for more.

    The subplot of the loveless marriage and how it grows makes the characters human and lovable.

    Besides Bob Hoskins, Frances de la Tour, and Fraser Cains, there are many familiar faces in the large cast. Sherrie Hewson plays the hapless Letty, Andy de la Tour plays Maud's brother, Dickie Arnold plays Corky Brown, Jim Hooper plays Percy, Sheila Reid plays Lily, Philip Madoc plays Jack, Granville Saxton plays Legendre, Sheri Shepstone plays Violet, Peggy Ann Wood play nanny, Teddy Turner plays Eddy Marco, Joanna Foster plays Clara, and Maxine Audley plays the imperious Gwendolyn Harper.

    Great fun. Not to be missed.
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    Flickers has a delightful plot, deeply engaging characters, hilarious wit shading to drama in the final episode. But when I first saw it, I was struck by Arnie and Maud's struggle with the problems of a startup business in a startup industry. There is no body of experience to turn to so everyone is making it up as they go along.

    You can see the ones who will prosper because they can improvise. Initially likable Clara Brewer (the pretty daughter in a sappy musical hall family act) turns into a starlet on the make.

    Corky, a music hall slapstick comic whose one reelers were the initial bread and butter of the firm, is pushed into the background as Cole and Lejeundre move upscale to making real movies with plots. He doesn't have the talent to grow into "The Gold Rush" as Chaplin did.

    Arnie and Maud will prosper because they can listen to each other and work well together. The love comes in time from this. They can also respond quickly to market change. I loved the scene where Arnie is initially furious at Legendre for spending so much money on a new movie. Maud mediates their quarrel. When Legendre explains that the technology and the market have outgrown slapstick one reelers Maud agrees and Arnie listens. If they play it safe and stick to what they know they will pushed onto the scrap heap like Mack Sennett. Betting the survival of their studio on trying to break into the rich end of the market is an enormous risk but it is a risk you have to take if you want to play with the big boys.