The Hello Goodbye Man. Denis Ailing (Ian Lavender). Copyright: BBC.

The Hello Goodbye Man

BBC Two sitcom. 6 episodes (1 series) in 1984. Stars Ian Lavender, Mary Tamm, Paul Chapman and Dominic Guard.

Series 1

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Thursday 5th January 1984

Denis Ailing bluffs his way into a job at Cookham Cures thanks to the help of a few pep pills. But, with no experience, will he be able to do the job unaided...?


2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Thursday 12th January 1984

Denis is pursuing his first sale but keeps coming across two major problems. Firstly, his customers all seem to think that if they gave him an order then his delivery department would mess it up. Secondly, and most importantly, he has a tendency to agree with them!


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Thursday 19th January 1984

The dazzling success of Glenn with both sales and women is beginning to irritate Denis. His approaches to Jennifer have failed as spectacularly as his attempt at selling. But if he can pull-off a big sale with Mr Rackemann then everything could change ...


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Thursday 26th January 1984

When a burglar alarm salesman turns up in the office with a rather dubious line in selling there seems little chance he will be able to pull one over on the professionals - but Denis seems impressed ...


5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Thursday 2nd February 1984

Denis has overcome his inability to sell but has encountered an even more devastating obstacle - he has a psychological block to taking the orders he needs to succeed!


6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Thursday 9th February 1984

Things are looking bleak for Denis - his sales figures are down and Jennifer is not speaking to him. He finally decides to do something positive about his situation - he asks for a transfer!