044. If Money Be The Food Of Love, Play On - Written by Tony Hoare #4.6
Directed by Terry Green

TV Times Listing If Money Be The Food Of Love, Play On Episode Locations

First Broadcast in the UK: 15th February 1984

An attractive Australian girl, Dee Rogers, turns up at the Winchester looking for Gary Mitchell, who she claims is a very close old friend of hers. The only lead she has is that Gary was seen in a picture with Arthur and she asks Arthur and Terry to help out. Meanwhile, 'Mournful' Maurice has two attractive Australian girls, Lisa and Sandra, shoplifting goods for him, which he is trying to offload on the manor.  When Terry and Arthur finally track Gary down, they discover they have both been taken for a ride by the lovely Dee, who had previously worked scams down under with Gary impersonating police officers.

Cast: Glynn Edwards as Dave, Larry Lamb as Greg Collins, Penny Downie as Dee Rogers, Peter Childs as Rycott, Patrick Monckton as Carp, Barry Jackson as 'Mournful' Maurice, Keith Bell as Gary Mitchell, Julianne White as Sandra, Sally Tayler as Lisa, Howard Lew Lewis as Ronnie Aldridge, Christopher Driscoll as Freddy The Fly, Peter Quince as Keith, Christine Ellerbeck as Boutique Assistant, Bernie Searle as Bobby Finch, Laurence Harrington as Builder

Facts: This episode features an uncredited performance by Jimmy Fagg - the comedian and piano player in the pub that Terry takes Dee to visit. Fagg was a popular pub piano player and entertainer in London at this time and has appeared in several TV productions - one of the songs performed is 'Leave It Out John'. The pub in which he performs in this episode is believed to be the 'Queen's Head' pub, at 8 Flamborough Street, London, E14 7LS - it is this pub on which the 'Queen Vic' pub was based in the long running BBC Soap 'EastEnders'. Penny Downie who plays Dee, would appear alongside Dennis Waterman again in a 2008 episode of 'New Tricks'.

In this episode we see Rycott's first colleague, DC Carp, played by Patrick Monckton. He would be replaced with the regular DC Melish in the very next episode, the character played by Michael Troughton. In this episode, both Terry and Arthur are taken for a ride. Amongst his many other roles, Larry Lamb would replace Dennis Waterman's character in the BBC series 'New Tricks' when Dennis left the series in 2015.

Filming Dates: Monday 4th July 1983 to Friday 15th July 1983 (confirmed).

Double Take: Christopher Driscoll later appears as a Fire Chief in #10.1 A Fridge Too Far. Barry Jackson who plays Mournful, also appears in #10.7 The Great Depression of 1994. Peter Quince who plays Keith also appears in #7.5 Fiddler On The Hoof.

Bloopers: None found.

Title: A reference to the Shakespearean quote: 'If music be the food of love, play on' from 'Twelfth Night'.

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Last updated : 1st December 2019 by jno

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