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The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club was a British television variety show produced by Granada Television from to It was set in a fictional working men's club in the North of England and was hosted by comedian Colin Crompton.
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Crompton, born in Manchester , Lancashire , found fame on the Granada Television programme The Comedians in the early s. Before his big break into television, Crompton was half of a duo musical comedy act with musician and singer Edward Eddie Forrest piano, ukulele and banjo , doing the rounds of the Working Men's Clubs of Manchester. From to he was also the "club chairman" in another Granada programme, The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club. An attempt by producer Johnnie Hamp to reproduce the atmosphere of the working men's clubs in a television studio, Crompton was famous for ringing a hand-operated fire alarm bell and telling the audience to "give order" when making announcements from "the committee" in between acts. He wrote his own scripts, with occasional additions by Neil Shand. The MC for the show, Bernard Manning , claimed he was cast in the role because he "had been on The Comedians and he had that gormless look about him so he was ideal". According to Johnnie Hamp : "Colin was criticised by real club chairmen for the way he acted.
News Feed Comments. It was anarchic, surreal, political, non-sexist, non-racist, avant-garde et bataclan du tralala. Wags will no doubt assert that it was the alternative to funny. But if there was ever a show that was exactly what alternative comedy was not, it was The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 13 April — 23 February ; Granada. It is also a show that, until fairly recently, was only watched in the Britain of the s. However this is now no longer the case and the Wheeltappers has found a new home amongst the repeats of Sherlock Holmes , Ruth Rendell mysteries and The Sweeney on Granada Plus. Granada Sky Broadcasting GSB have assured me that it has gained respectable viewing figures and that those viewers cover a wide demographic.