Slinger's Day. Cecil Slinger (Bruce Forsyth). Image credit: Thames Television.

Slinger's Day

Cecil Slinger is the manager of Supafare, a small London supermarket. He's not the best man for the job - but then neither are his useless staff

1986 - 1987  (ITV)
12 (2 series)
Bruce Forsyth, Philip Bird, Paul Clarkson, Liz Crowther, Vicky Licorish, Andrew Paul, David Kelly, Suzanne Church, Jacqueline De Peza, Johanna Hargreaves, Charlie Hawkins
Brian Cooke, Vince Powell
Thames Television

Cecil Slinger is the manager of Supafare, a small supermarket somewhere in London. He tries to run his branch smoothly, but his somewhat pompous demeanour isn't entirely conducive to a successful career, and a staff comprised of idiots and layabouts don't help matters much!

His staff include the rabble-rousing wannabe shop-steward Mr Hardie; trainee manager and recent graduate Mr Christian; his unattentive secretary, Sylvia; a head of security who helped a thief unbolt one of their CCTV cameras; and a host of useless shelfstackers and bimbo checkout girls.

Our Review: Slinger's Day is boosted by a good, recognisable setting and a reasonably varied but identifiable range of characters, but the potential in the premise wasn't generally realised. A very 'fluffy' comedy that might pass the odd half hour of sit-back-and-watch television well enough, but isn't particularly notable.

It is, however, very interesting to compare Slinger's Day with the preceding series, Tripper's Day. The earlier series had starred sitcom legend Leonard Rossiter as manager Norman Tripper, and it was his early death that lead the position to be changed and re-cast. One always felt slightly awkward watching Tripper, as Rossiter had clearly far more potential (realised in sitcoms such as Rising Damp) than the scripts offered: however, Forsyth's on-screen presence and acting style feels far more suited to the tone and type of humour that Tripper's Day uses. Consequently, and somewhat bizarrely on the face of it, Slinger's Day is actually a better watch than its predecessor.