The Elephant Man

Episodes

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Unknown: Bernard Pomerance.

Unknown: Gerrard Murphy

Unknown: Jeremy Clyde

Unknown: Charles Kay

Unknown: Anna Massey.

Unknown: John Merrick

Song: Colin Snell.

Directed By: David Hitchinson

John Merrick: Gerrard Murphy

Frederick Treves: Jeremy Clyde

Carr Gomm: Charles Kay

Mrs Kendall: Anna Massey

Ross: John Hollis

Bishop: John Baddeley

Sandwich: Jennifer Piercey

Porter: Michael Tudor-Barnes

Lord John: Philip Sully

Duchess: Diana Olsson

Countess: Joan Walker

01Endangered Species20141120 (BBC7)
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As Southwood Zoo faces bankruptcy, what future for assistant head keeper Terry Lyon?

Peter Serafinowicz stars in DA Barham's sitcom about the life of Terry Lyon, an elephant keeper at his local zoo. He gets on better with animals than people. As the zoo lurches towards bankruptcy, his future looks bleak. Co-stars Chris Emmet as Leonard.

DA Barham - alias Debbie Ann - used her gently gender-obscured writing name. Aged just 15, she'd sent in scripts to BBC comedy programmes. In 2003 she tragically died from heart failure due to anorexia, aged only 26. In her short, brilliant comedy career, she'd written for The News Huddlines, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Weekending, Loose Ends, as well as big names like Bob Monkhouse, Graham Norton, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson.

Produced by Richard Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.

02It Could Be The Zoo20141127 (BBC7)
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Southwood Zoo has tax problems and inept staff. Can the National Lottery help?

Southwood Zoo has tax problems and inept staff. Can the National Lottery help? Stars Peter Serafinowicz. From September 1996.

03Keeper Vs Keeper20141204 (BBC7)
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There is a new arrival at Southwood Zoo and Terry must mark his territory. Stars Peter Serafinowicz. From September 1996.

There is a new arrival at Southwood Zoo and Terry must mark his territory.

04While The Cat's Away20141211 (BBC7)
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Leonard and Adam go to Frankfurt for the sake of the polar bear and the zoo's future.

Leonard and Adam go to Frankfurt for the sake of the polar bear and the zoo's future. Stars Peter Serafinowicz. From September 1996.

05All Features Great And Small20141218 (BBC7)
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Valentine's Day approaches and some of the zoo staff are keen to find romance.

Valentine's Day approaches and some of the zoo staff are keen to find romance. Stars Peter Serafinowicz. From September 1996.

06Labour Pains20141225 (BBC7)
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Terry's bank balance is redder than a baboon's bottom, so he starts a paper round.

Terry's bank balance is redder than a baboon's bottom, so he starts a paper round. Stars Peter Serafinowicz. From October 1996.

07Age Concern20150101 (BBC7)
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With the big three-o looming, zookeeper Terry is desperate to recapture his youth.

The Elephant Man was created by Debbie Barham. Under the pen-name D.A. Barham, she gently obscured her gender and youth to send scripts to BBC comedy programmes.

In 2003 Debbie Barham (1976 - 2003) tragically died from heart failure, due to anorexia, aged only 26. In her short, waspishly brilliant comedy writing life she had written for The News Huddlines, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Weekending, Loose Ends and for Bob Monkhouse, Graham Norton, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson amongst others.

Terry Lyon, assistant head keeper of struggling Southwood Zoo. His boss is the formidable 'management-speaking' Miss Stonewick and the head keeper in the taciturn Scot, Leonard. Terry is going through a divorce, his ex - Margaret - is now in a relationship with his friend Richard. He has had to move back in with his parents.

08Early Closing Day20150108 (BBC7)
20150109 (BBC7)

What will become of the animals - and the staff - when the zoo goes up for sale?

The Elephant Man was created by Debbie Barham. Under the pen-name D.A. Barham, she gently obscured her gender and youth to send scripts to BBC comedy programmes.

In 2003 Debbie Barham (1976 - 2003) tragically died from heart failure, due to anorexia, aged only 26. In her short, waspishly brilliant comedy writing life she had written for The News Huddlines, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Weekending, Loose Ends and for Bob Monkhouse, Graham Norton, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson amongst others.

Terry Lyon, assistant head keeper of struggling Southwood Zoo. His boss is the formidable 'management-speaking' Miss Stonewick and the head keeper in the taciturn Scot, Leonard. Terry is going through a divorce, his ex - Margaret - is now in a relationship with his friend Richard. He has had to move back in with his parents.