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Series 1, Episode 1

Jedrington teams up with a seemingly charming new business partner, Harmswell Grimstone. As the Secret-Past family's fortunes rise, it looks like they are built on crumbling foundations indeed...

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The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff. Image shows from L to R: Jedrington Secret-Past (Robert Webb), Harmswell Grimstone (Tim McInnerny). Copyright: BBC

This episode sees Jedrington team up with a charming new business partner, but is Harmswell Grimstone all he seems, or is he actually massively evil? And what is the awful secret behind the cryptic letter that has disturbed Jedrington's wife Conceptiva so greatly that she has made her way to End-It-All Dock? As the Secret-Past family's fortunes rise and rise it turns out that the foundations of their happiness are far from sound.

On the red button viewers can enjoy even more comedy content from The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, which reveals how the programme is part of a unique experiment. It is the first television programme in over 117 years to be made using traditional Victorian television-making techniques. Red button viewers will see how the relatively fearless cast and crew coped with steam cameras, on-set urchins and the occasional cholera outbreak behind the scenes.

Broadcast details

Monday 20th February 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 25th February 2012 10:30pm BBC HD
Thursday 14th February 2013 11:50pm BBC HD
Tuesday 28th May 2013 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 29th May 2013 12:40am Gold
Tuesday 17th December 2013 11:40am Gold
Wednesday 18th December 2013 8:30am Gold
Saturday 1st February 2014 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 5th March 2014 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 6th March 2014 2:00am Gold
Tuesday 15th April 2014 12:00am Gold
Wednesday 6th August 2014 12:20am Gold

Cast & crew

Robert Webb Jedrington Secret-Past
Katherine Parkinson Conceptiva Secret-Past
Tim McInnerny Harmswell Grimstone
Sarah Hadland Miss Primly Tightclench
Kevin Eldon Servegood
Derek Griffiths Pusweasel
Ambra Lily Keegan Victoria Secret-Past
Finlay Christie Victor Secret-Past
Adrian Edmondson Headmaster Wackville
Blake Harrison Smalcolm
Guest cast
Abigail Burdess Mary-Anne
Susy Kane Duchess of Money
Beth Chalmers Lady Havemuch
Fergus Craig Poor Person
Mark Evans Businessman
Nick Ball Sofa Man
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Sofa Woman
Simon Kane Postman
Writing team
Mark Evans Writer
Production team
Ben Gosling Fuller Director
Gareth Edwards Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Ben Blaine Editor
Chris Blaine Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Grant Olding Composer

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