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Ernest Tanner (Peter Butterworth) is a second-rate escapologist who earns a meagre living performing on the streets of London.

Ernest is assisted by his friend Sidney Pratt (Peter Jones), who passes a hat round while Ernest is performing.

The two men share a rundown basement flat and eat in a seedy cafe run by Archie (Meredith Edwards).

This sitcom was based on an episode of the 1968 series The Ronnie Barker Playhouse in which Ronnie Barker played Mr Tanner and RIchard O'Sullivan played Sidney. It was remade in 1981 as The Incredible Mr Tanner.

Series: 1
Episodes: 6
Transmitted: 1971
Channel: ITV

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