Shine On Harvey Moon (1982)

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Created by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the trenchant British comedy-drama series Shine On Harvey Moon starred Kenneth Cranham in the title role. Believed to have been killed in battle during WWII, Harvey surprised everyone when he returned to his old East End neighborhood at the cessation of hostilities. But Harvey was in for a few surprises of his own; his house had been bombed into oblivion, his "widow" Rita (Maggie Steed) had apparently slept with the entire American occupying force, and his daughter Maggie (Linda Robson) was fooling around with a scapegrace named Lou (Nigel Planer). Despite all this, Harvey was determined to pick up the pieces and start life all over again. Lasting 12 half-hour and 23 hour-long episodes, Shine On Harvey Moon was produced by Witzend Productions on behalf of Central Television. Debuting January 9, 1982, the series ran until 1985. Ten years later, the property was revived and updated under the same title, but with a different leading man.