Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Created by Ian Mackintosh, the British sitcom Thundercloud was set during WWII. Thanks to a bureaucratic snafu in the British admiralty, the HMS Thundercloud, a dry-docked Yorkshire naval base, was classified as an active minesweeper. As a result, the Thundercloud was able to requisition as many supplies as traffic would allow, whereupon these same supplies would be resold via the black market by the base's enterprising medical officer, Dr. Smith (Frank Gatliff) and chief petty officer Hawkins (James Cosmo). If the Thundercloud's befuddled skipper, Commander Flint (Derek Waring), knew what was going on, he certainly never betrayed that knowledge. The 13-episode Thundercloud was carried by ITV's Yorkshire Television service from May 24 to December 18, 1979.