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Cannon And Ball

All Episodes 1980 - 1987

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1979-07-28T05:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 30 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
Cannon And Ball was a sketch / stand up comedy series which aired on ITV in the United Kingdom. Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball had appeared on Bruce Forsyth's Big Night in 1978 and the success of their appearances led ITV to giving them their own series in 1979.

56 episodes

Special 1 Cannon and Ball for Christmas

  • 1980-12-20T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Cannon And Ball see the year out with a bang in the first of their many Christmas specials. Comedienne and impressionist Faith Brown shares in the madness and merriment, and music comes from the Char-lettes - singers with a difference, led by the multi-talented Bertice Reading. The show also features the Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra and the Brian Rogers Dancers.

Special 2 Cannon and Ball at Drury Lane

  • 1982-01-02T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Comedy special from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane featuring Cannon and Ball and their Guests - Jack Jones and the international illusionist Zee and Co. Featuring the Brian Rogers' Dancers and lyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra. Staged by David Bell.

Special 4 Cannon and Ball Easter Special

  • 1983-04-01T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby's Easter guests include the great Eric Sykes, Neasden's Queen of Soul Mari Wilson, Jill Gascoine and singing duo Renée and Renato.

A festive special from the duo. Guest Stars : Kim Wilde Brother Beyond Chris de Burgh Linda Lusardi Nosher Powell Brian Rogers Dancers

Special 7 Christmas Cannon and Ball 1985

  • 1985-12-21T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball host a Christmas special, with guests including Hi de Hi star Ruth Madoc and actor/singer Paul Nicholas.

1x01 Show 1

  • Series Premiere

    1979-07-27T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Kicking off a season of hilarious stand-up routines and skits, this show also features Liza Goddard, Michael Robbins, Caroline Argyle, Geoffrey Leesley, Alison King and Chris Cregan.

1x02 Show 2

  • 1979-08-03T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Maureen Lipman, Diana Weston, Jenny Galloway and Sydney Tafler join Tommy and Bobby for some more comic capers.

1x03 Show 3

  • 1979-10-25T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobby comes a cropper when he indulges in a bit of origami. Tommy takes him to the pub for a pint of dandelion and burdock but Bobby makes a pest of himself with some rather posh women. Ernest Clark guest stars.

1x04 Show 4

  • 1979-11-02T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The two comics decide to try another pub - but can Bobby take his pet dahlia? And is he really guilty of stealing 43 towels from a hotel? Special Guests include June Whitfield and Barry Woolgar.

1x05 Show 5

  • 1979-11-09T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby ring in more comedy when they install a red telephone on a coffee table. Guests include comedy actor Hugh Paddick, with Jill Johnson, Ruth Kettlewell, Arthur Whybrow, Julia McCarthy and Milton Reid.

1x06 Show 6

  • 1979-11-16T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The two comics tangle with a wet landlord and a nosy neighbour, while the show's special guest is Irene Handl. Bernard Kay, Julia Bond and Denise Brownlow also star.

2x01 Show 1

  • Season Premiere

    1980-04-10T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

British film icon Diana Dors joins Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball for another helping of tomfoolery in this show. Music is performed by resident band Ritz.

2x02 Show 2

  • 1980-04-17T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Against his better judgement Doctor at Large star Ernest Clark is roped into a slapstick mime performance set in a cafeteria.

2x03 Show 3

  • 1980-04-24T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

In another classic show, the dynamic duo are joined by special guest Peggy Mount, everyone's favorite TV battleaxe and unforgettable star of The Larkins and You're Only Young Twice.

2x04 Show 4

  • 1980-05-01T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Elizabeth Estensen (The Liver Birds) and actress and singer Luan Peters (aka Carol Keyes) have a few suprises in store when they join Tommy and Bobby for another fun-packed show.

2x05 Show 5

  • 1980-05-08T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

More breezy broadsides are fired at various targets, while Ruby James of resident pop group Ritz sighs Anyone Who Had A Heart, and the Ritz boys join Tommy and Bobby for a rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown.

2x06 Show 6

  • 1980-05-15T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy calls Bobby's bluff and lets him announce the show - giving him a taste of his own medicine along the way!

2x07 Show 7

  • 1980-05-22T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobby gets into trouble with Tommy when he finds out that they're both been chatting up the same wardrobe girl.

3x01 Show 1

  • Season Premiere

    1981-04-24T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guests include Jeep, Dai Francis & John Boulter

3x02 Show 2

  • 1981-05-01T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guests include Ritz, David Auker, Bernard Padden & Fiona Craig

3x03 Show 3

  • 1981-05-08T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guests include Anne Murray, James Coyle, Nigel Humphreys & Vicki Michelle

3x04 Show 4

  • 1981-05-15T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guests include Lulu & Cornsilk

3x05 Show 5

  • 1981-05-22T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guests include Alan Price, Michael Sheard & Michele Thorne

3x06 Show 6

  • 1981-05-29T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guests include The Brian Rogers Dancers, Michele Thorne & Bernard Padden

4x01 Show1

  • Season Premiere

    1982-05-07T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Featuring global singing star Iris Williams, as well as snooker champion Steve Davis.

4x02 Show 2

  • 1982-05-14T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Featuring the 1970s' Prince of Pop, David Essex.

4x03 Show 3

  • 1982-05-21T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Featuring comedy legend and veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth.

4x04 Show 4

  • 1982-05-28T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

A sharp-suited Adam Ant performs his number one solo hit "Goody Two Shoes"... and manages to humiliate Bobby and Tommy in the process.

4x05 Show 5

  • 1982-06-04T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Featuring the multi-talented Frankie Laine, and Tommy and Bobby's lovely Boys in Blue co-star Suzanne Danielle

4x06 Show 6

  • 1982-06-11T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Featuring perennial pop favorite Leo Sayer.

5x01 Show 1

  • Season Premiere

    1983-12-03T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby are joined by Cliff Richard, and Windsor Davies - star of classic sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

5x02 Show 2

  • 1983-12-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby, Herb Reed (The Platters) and Black Beauty star Stacy Dorning join Status Quo for a rendition of their hit Marguerita Time

5x03 Show 3

  • 1983-12-17T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Shakin' Stevens, Sarah Brightman and Jocky Wilson, Kirkaldy's champion of the oche are the lads' guests for this fun-packed show.

5x04 Show 4

  • 1984-01-07T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The boys are joined by The Three Degrees, Una Stubbs and Roger Whittaker - who performs I'm Back.

5x05 Show 5

  • 1984-01-14T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby's star guests in this show are Diana Dors and Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

5x06 Show 6

  • 1984-01-21T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Soul legends The Four Tops and reggae sensation Musical Youth provide the songs in this show, with comic actor Jeffrey Holland also participating in the chaos...

6x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    1984-10-12T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby's guests include singing stars Englebert Humperdinck and The Beverley Sisters, and all-girl group The Little Foxes.

6x02 Episode 2

  • 1984-10-19T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

The dynamic duo's guests for this show are actor and pop/country star Guy Mitchell, disco legends Sister Sledge, and Scotland's Big Country.

6x03 Episode 3

  • 1984-10-26T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Singer Paul Young and pianist Richard Clayderman are the boys' musical guests on this show.

6x04 Episode 4

  • 1984-11-03T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Guest star Rik Mayall gives Tommy and Bobby the runaround as an infuriatingly obstinate tourist information clerk...

6x05 Episode 5

  • 1984-11-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Singer-songwriter Brook Benton, Cockney duo Chas and Dave, Brit-funk band Shakatak, and Grange Hill star Michael Sheard join the boys for another fun-filled show.

6x06 Episode 6

  • 1984-11-17T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby's guests are Jimmy Tarbuck, Henry Cooper, and a capella chart-toppers The Flying Pickets

7x01 Show 1

  • Season Premiere

    1986-04-25T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

The lads recount their experiences while staying in a luxury London apartment during the making of their series; their special guest is Michael Aspel.

7x02 Show 2

  • 1986-05-02T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

A quiet Sunday's Scrabble match is interrupted by the arrival of Britain's happiest married couple.

7x03 Show 3

  • 1986-05-09T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby discover what friendship is all about when a drunken Bobby wakes up with a severe hangover.

7x04 Show 4

  • 1986-05-16T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Can Bobby keep his temper for a whole day? Tommy bets he can't. But so he can be sure of winning, Bobby plans a few surprises, including a visit to a Japanese restaurant.

7x05 Show 5

  • 1986-05-23T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobby's untidiness becomes such an irritation for Tommy that the boys' friendship is put to the test.

7x06 Show 6

  • 1986-05-30T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

When Tommy catches a cold he thinks he has a deadly virus - and so does Bobby when he mishears the doctor's report on his pal. But is Bobby's concern quite as genuine as it seems?

8x01 Prisoners in Park Lane

  • Season Premiere

    1987-01-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby need to find a new flat. They are show round Paradise Mansions in Soho, then look round a flat in Park Lane. The Park Lane flat has a security lock on the door so you need the key to open it. The estate agent pops out, and the door locks behind him. Tommy and Bobby are trapped in the flat. Eventually they escape and decide to buy the flat. While waiting for the guests at their housewarming party to arrive they realise they have lost the key again.

8x02 Anything But The Truth

  • 1987-01-17T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobby is a a party and gets photographed with the winner of the Dolly Parton lookalike contest. Back in the flat the following morning they open their mail and Bobby has got another batch of mail from an obsessed fan. Later in the day a journalist from the Sunday papers, who always wants to dish the dirt on the pair, is coming to interview them. However, the obsessed fan turns up and they let her in thinking she is the reporter. When the reporter comest they have to hide the obsessed fan somewhere, and she goes into Bobbys bedroom. Of cource, she bumps into the reporter later. The reporter also has a copy of the Dolly Parton photo. At the end, Bobby has the Dolly Parton lookalike hidden in his wardrobe.

8x03 Slightly Overweight

  • 1987-01-24T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tommy and Bobby are guests on the Gloria Hunnyford show. Tommy keeps making jokes about Bobbys waistline. As a result Bobby decides to go on a diet, with Tommy enforcing it. Bobby isnt too keen on eating less, and keeps hiding food around the house. Everything reminds him of food; they even have to rehearse ‘Food, Glorious Food’ for their TV show. The following Sunday they are invited back onto the Gloria Hunnyford show. Bobby is introduced as the short fat one but comes on singing ‘I am what I am’, obviously proud of his weight.

8x04 Straight Down The Middle

  • 1987-01-31T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobby is becoming a TV addict and just sits around. Tommy tries to persuade him to take up a more active lifestyle. They go running, use a rowing machine, play golf (in which Bobby gets a hole in one and has to buy a round of drinks) and eventually settle for subbuteo.

8x05 Aunty Lilly

  • 1987-02-07T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobbys Auntie Lily is coming to visit. She’s always a pain when she visits. She is a terrible cook and insists on making cottage pie for them. She also tucks Bobby into bed at night. Tommy and Bobby aren’t very nice to her, and she eventually senses this and gets quite upset. They make it all up in the end.

8x06 It's Only Money

  • 1987-02-14T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bobby keeps spending money on gadgets and expensive toys. He has the piano converted so it plays itself, and buys scuba diving gear. He then buys a motorbike and all the gear. Bobby is a terrible driver, and swerves through a motorcycle gang while out driving. They meet Bobby and Tommy later, and get talking. Eventually Bobby invites them back to his house and tells them they can spend the night. They steal all his gadgets overnight.