On The Fiddle. Image shows left to right: Pedlar Pascoe (Sean Connery), Horace Pope (Alfred Lynch). Credit: STUDIOCANAL
On The Fiddle

On The Fiddle

  • 1961 film

Forces comedy starring Alfred Lynch as a wide-boy desperate to make a bit of money and avoid conflict at all costs. Stars Alfred Lynch, Sean Connery, Cecil Parker, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Stanley Holloway and more.

  • Repeated Friday at 2:10pm on TPTV
On The Fiddle. Image shows left to right: Horace Pope (Alfred Lynch), Pedlar Pascoe (Sean Connery). Credit: STUDIOCANAL

Key details

Alfred Lynch, Sean Connery, Cecil Parker, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Stanley Holloway, Kathleen Harrison, Alan King, Eleanor Summerfield and more
R.F. Delderfield and Harold Buchman
Cyril Frankel
Benjamin Fisz

The war is in full swing and London wide-boy Horace Pope is horrified when he's tricked into signing up to the RAF by a wily court-room judge. Pope quickly finds a friend in Pedlar Pascoe, a slow-witted but big-hearted willing serviceman of gypsy origin.

Pedlar had joined up with the full intention of seeing combat, but Pope has no such desires. He quickly begins putting his gift of the gab and knack for spotting a money-making opportunity to use, and the pair - now near inseparable - begin the rounds of British RAF bases, always making sure they stay one step ahead of their transfer papers to the front!

Through a series of craftily engineered postings, the loveable duo keep moving around the country for a good few years before an equally world-wise American Sergeant, Buzzer, catches up with them and serves them with a transfer to France - where they encounter the enemy at far closer quarters, and with a far more surprising outcome, than they could have ever begun to imagine.

Additional details

Never have so few fiddled so many!
UK certificate
97 minutes

Anglo Amalgamated

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white
Music composed and conducted by Malcolm Arnold.

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Broadcast details

Next repeats
  1. Friday at 2:10pm on TPTV
  2. Tuesday 5th March at 10:20am on TPTV
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 24th June 2021 at 10:50am on TPTV
  • Friday 19th March 2021 at 9:45am on TPTV
  • Sunday 22nd November 2020 at 11:05am on TPTV

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