Hardwicke House, the notorious ITV sitcom from 1987 that was pulled off air after two episodes due to complaints and never seen again, is currently generating a flurry of attention. As I’ve been quite closely associated with Hardwicke House for various reasons, it’s probably worth drawing everyone’s attention to a couple of published bits and pieces related to the show that might be of interest.
Hardwicke House was very nearly given a full DVD release a while back but it stalled at the clearance stage and was never released. This occurred quite late in the day, though, by which time I had already been commissioned to write – and had completed and submitted – the accompanying booklet. You can now find the full text of that unreleased booklet, featuring interviews with cast and crew and some little-known behind the scenes detail as well as the full story of the cancellation and its repercussions (and how the tapes came to survive) in my book Well At Least It’s Free, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
If you want to know exactly why the proposed DVD release didn’t come about, there’s a piece by me about that on my old site here, although if you want an expanded and updated version with even more background detail, then you can find that in my book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Finally, Mark Ayres of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop stumbled across an off-air recording of the original Hardwicke House trailer a while back and was kind enough to pass it on to me to write about. You can find that short but fascinating piece on my old site here.
If you’re interested in little-known Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson projects, make sure you have a listen to the edition of my podcast Looks Unfamiliar featuring Jem Roberts, who tells us all about a long-forgotten reunion of The Young Ones. You can find it here.
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