Dear John... Page 2

Dear John..... Image shows from L to R: Kirk (Peter Blake), Kate (Belinda Lang), John Lacey (Ralph Bates). Copyright: BBC.

Dear John....

Sitcom following the trials of John Lacey, who joins a singles' club when his wife suddenly leaves him for his best friend

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Jack Massey

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 12:10am
  • England
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Yes, a great show. My favourite charactor was Ralph 'My Motorcycle Combination'

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Aaron

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 12:31am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Ian G @ September 4 2008, 7:42 PM BST

I've found it!!
It's Dogfood Dan & The Carmarthen Cowboy from 1988.
It was written by David Nobbs, so it's unusual that I didn't like it.
Sorry to send you up a blind alley re. JS, Aaron, but I've spent most of the afternoon looking for it, too. :$


Ahhhh! I seeee. Can't find any mention of it being set in Hull, but it's one of those shows I've always wanted to see, purely on the title. Well found. :)

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Jack Massey

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 12:35am [Edited]
  • England
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The pilot episode is an extra on the A Bit Of A Do DVD. Haven't actually watched it yet myself.

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Aaron

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 2:02am
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Oh reeeeeally? I'll have to check that one out then! :)

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Ian G

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 3:14am [Edited]
  • Hull, England
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Well, Dogfood Dan was delivering dogfood from Hull to Cardiff, the Carmarthen Cowboy was making the same run in the opposite direction.
Each man was having an affair with the other's wife, so at least part of it was set in Hull.
Ok, it's a tenuous claim to fame but we'll take all we can get. City won't be in the Premiership forever, after all! :D

Actually, I wouldn't mind giving it another look to see if it was as bad as I remember it.

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Aaron

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 3:57am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Aha, I see! Well I'll certainly hope for it to become available.

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Tursiops

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 4:32am
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Quote: Ian G @ September 4 2008, 7:42 PM BST


It's 'Dogfood Dan & The Carmarthen Cowboy' from 1988.

Starred David Daker and Gareth Thomas, and was half decent as i recall.

There was also a mention earlier in this thread to Roger, Roger, which was excellent.

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Ian G

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 3:26pm
  • Hull, England
  • 168 posts

According to IMDB, it starred Malcolm Storry as Dan and Peter Blake as the Cowboy.

I thought 'Roger Roger' was excellent, too.

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chipolata

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 4:02pm
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Quote: Ian G @ September 5 2008, 11:26 AM BST


I thought 'Roger Roger' was excellent, too.

Didn't that have the receptionist from Alan Partridge in just wearing a bra and panties?

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Ian G

  • Friday 5th September 2008, 5:07pm
  • Hull, England
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Yes, Barbara Durkin was in Roger Roger, and yes, she did seem to spend most of her time in just her underwear.

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noddy

  • Friday 14th August 2009, 7:10pm [Edited]
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Just been watching Dear John... for the first time in 20 odd years, so simple, so fantastic. Kirk is such a great character.

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Marc P

  • Friday 14th August 2009, 7:11pm
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Great theme song too.

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noddy

  • Friday 14th August 2009, 7:16pm [Edited]
  • Northern Ireland
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It sure was, and great opening credits for the first series.

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Jack Massey

  • Friday 14th August 2009, 11:43pm
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Quote: noddy @ August 14 2009, 3:10 PM BST

Just been watching Dear John... for the first time in 20 odd years, so simple, so fantastic. Kirk is such a great character.


Ralph's the best.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Friday 14th August 2009, 11:57pm [Edited]
  • Dagenham, England
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I loved this at the time, and Just Good Friends was excellent as well.

The episode of Dear John... that's sticking out in my mind is the one with Kevin Lloyd? Tosh Lines from the Bill.
He played an old pop star, with a spandex silver suit reminding people of his big hit single 'Not On My Birthday'.

Why don't they ever seem to repeat Dear John...?
Ralph Bates' performance was excellent, and it was a quality show.