I watched because it was partly written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who also wrote The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Porridge. It was a largely unknown cast as regards to TV acting. I think Tim Healey and Timothy Spall had been in quite a few things but they certainly weren't household names. Pat Roach had been a wrestler and Gary Holton was the lead singer in The Heavy Metal Kids.
It was a huge hit in it's day and is still great in my books. I hope you enjoy it.
Ahh remember watching these back in the day....my dad actually went out there during that building boom...had to do a bit of a Nevil ...there wasn't any work available as a decorator..so a couple of brickies he became friendly with took him under their wings and blagged him through.
I ended up in Germany years later....took him up on his top tip of taking loads of 10p pieces as they were the same size and weight of a 1 mark bit...which was 30p at the time...
The 10p pieces worked in the telephones, cigarette machines and beer machines. I'm pretty sure it was 4 marks to the £ when l was there. We had a great time out there. The TV show was exactly like our experiences that l could have written the scripts.
To this day l still have a bag with 10p coins in it hidden on a site where we were building a new Wine cellar.