Early Doors. Image shows from L to R: Joe (Craig Cash), Duffy (Phil Mealey). Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment
Early Doors

Early Doors

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2003 - 2004
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom set in a small Manchester pub created by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey. Joe and Duffy pass the time with landlord Ken and the other pub regulars. Also features John Henshaw, Rita May, Christine Bottomley, Rodney Litchfield, Mark Benton and more.

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Series 2, Episode 5

In the penultimate episode of life at The Grapes, Ken the landlord smartens himself up to play the romantic lead. There is growing concern amongst the regulars that their favourite boozer may be turned into a fun pub and Duffy plays down his recent good fortune.

Broadcast details

Monday 11th October 2004
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 7th April 2009 9:00pm BBC4
Tuesday 6th October 2009 11:30pm BBC4
Tuesday 29th March 2011 11:15pm Gold
Monday 20th June 2011 12:00am Gold
Monday 20th June 2011 1:40am Gold
Saturday 16th June 2012 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 17th June 2012 1:35am Gold
Sunday 12th August 2012 11:40pm Gold
Monday 13th August 2012 1:35am Gold
Saturday 17th November 2012 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 18th November 2012 1:25am Gold
Friday 11th October 2013 10:20pm Gold
Saturday 12th October 2013 1:35am Gold
Saturday 29th March 2014 12:00am Gold
Saturday 29th March 2014 1:55am Gold
Friday 6th June 2014 10:35pm Gold
Sunday 16th November 2014 10:20pm Gold
Monday 17th November 2014 2:00am Gold
Sunday 7th December 2014 12:15am Gold
Sunday 7th December 2014 2:25am Gold
Saturday 17th January 2015 11:55pm Gold
Sunday 18th January 2015 2:55am Gold
Thursday 2nd July 2015 10:20pm Gold
Friday 3rd July 2015 2:30am Gold
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 11:20pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd March 2016 2:55am Gold
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 12:45am Gold
Friday 11th November 2016 2:05am Gold
Saturday 19th November 2016 1:40am Gold
Saturday 24th December 2016 1:40am Gold
Saturday 11th February 2023 10:30pm BBC4

Cast & crew

John Henshaw Ken
Craig Cash Joe
Phil Mealey Duffy
Rita May Jean
Christine Bottomley Melanie
Rodney Litchfield Tommy
Mark Benton Eddie
Lorraine Cheshire Joan
James Quinn Phil
Peter Wight Nige
Susan Cookson Tanya
Joan Kempson Winnie
Lisa Millett Debbie
Writing team
Craig Cash Writer
Phil Mealey Writer
Production team
Craig Cash Director
Lucy Ansbro Producer
John Rushton Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Phil McIntyre Executive Producer
Tony Cranstoun Editor
Sally Reynolds Production Designer
Lynne Gibson Costume Designer
Daf Hobson Director of Photography
Clare Golds Make-up Designer
Mel Nortcliffe 1st Assistant Director

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