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All Along The Watchtower. Image shows from L to R: Airman Tench (Felix Bell), Flight Lieutenant Simon Harrison (Chris Lang), Wing-Commander Hilary Campbell-Stokes (Roger Blake). Copyright: BBC
All Along The Watchtower

All Along The Watchtower

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1999
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

An all-but-abandoned RAF early warning station in the middle-of-nowhere, Scotland, is threatened with closure. Stars Felix Bell, Chris Lang, Roger Blake, Zoë Eeles, Tony Roper and more.

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All Along The Watchtower. Image shows from L to R: Airman Tench (Felix Bell), Flight Lieutenant Simon Harrison (Chris Lang), Wing-Commander Hilary Campbell-Stokes (Roger Blake). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1999
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
6 (1 series)
Stars
Felix Bell, Chris Lang, Roger Blake, Zoë Eeles, Tony Roper, Tom Watson, Georgie Glen and Michael B. Blair
Writers
Pete Sinclair and Trevelyan Evans
Director
Lissa Evans
Producers
Pete Thornton and Mike Bolland
Company

RAF efficiency inspector Flight Lieutenant Simon Harrison (Christopher Lang) is sent to conduct a review of RAF Auchnacluchnie, perched high on the cliffs above a small Scottish fishing village of the same name.

Upon his arrival, Harrison finds that due to some gross administrative oversights, the base is staffed by just two men; Wing-Commander Hilary Campbell-Stokes (Roger Blake) and Airman Tench (Felix Bell). Despite continuing to receive provisions for all 300 who are supposed to be there!

Harrison initially writes a damning report recommending closure of the base, but on realising the effect its demise would have on the local village - and after falling for publican's daughter and schoolteacher Eilidh Guthrie (Zoe Eeles) - he files a falsified version. Consequently, the RAF (still in the belief that 300 men are stationed at the site) decide to increase the staff by one, and since he is already in the area, Harrison is told to stay.

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Studio
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 28th February 1999 at 6:10pm on BBC One

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