On The Beat. Norman Wisdom. Copyright: ITV
On The Beat

On The Beat

  • 1962 film

A lowly car park attendant at Scotland Yard dreams of becoming a policeman like his father, but his determination to prove his worth leads to chaos. Stars Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley, David Lodge, Esma Cannon and more.

On The Beat. Norman Wisdom. Copyright: ITV

Key details

Norman Wisdom, Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley, David Lodge, Esma Cannon, Eric Barker, Eleanor Summerfield, Ronnie Stevens and more
Jack Davies, Norman Wisdom and Eddie Leslie
Bob Asher
Hugh Stewart and Earl St. John

Norman Pitkin works in the car park of the Metropolitan Police's headquarters, the infamous Scotland Yard. He longs to be recruited as a policeman and get out on the beat catching criminals, like his celebrated, late father - but due to his diminutive stature (and not a little also his error-prone nature), he is forever being turned down for police training.

After a latest round of failures to enrol, and some fresh embarrassments with the Commissioner's car, Norman's about to be sacked from the force's employment entirely: until it is noticed that he bares more than a passing resemblance to celebrity and high society hairdresser Julio Neapolitani. His luxurious salon is, in fact, a front for one of the capital's most prolific crime rings - and aside from a moustache, the resemblance is such the two could have been separated at birth.

It's not long before Pitkin is duly put to task by the force, infiltrating the premises in the guise of Neapolitani and attempting to gather as much information as possible. However, in exchange for taking part in the plan, Norman's finally secured himself a role in uniform... sort of.

As he wrestles with Julio's associates (not to mention Julio himself), a group of children playing football, a beautiful young woman and leads a charge of half the Met's officers through London's streets, Norman gets a real dose of what life is like on the beat!

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Additional details

UK certificate
106 minutes
UK release
Sunday 23rd December 1962

The Rank Organisation

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 11:10am on TPTV
  • Saturday 18th April 2020 at 10:40am on TPTV
  • Monday 3rd February 2020 at 11:30am on TPTV

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios - Studios
  • Windsor - Exterior locations filmed almost exclusively in Windsor

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