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Big Deal is a British comedy-drama television series originally broadcast by the BBC between 1984 and 1986. The series was created and written by Geoff McQueen, who created several other major television series including Give Us a Break, Stay Lucky, and The Bill.

Big Deal
Created byGeoff McQueen
Written byDavid Crane
StarringRay Brooks
Sharon Duce
Pamela Cundell
James Ottaway
Lisa Geoghan
Theme music composerBobby G
Opening theme"Big Deal"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes30
Producer(s)Terry Williams
Running time50 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release14 October 1984 (1984-10-14) –
4 November 1986 (1986-11-04)

Starring Ray Brooks, Sharon Duce and Lisa Geoghan, the series concentrated on the ups and downs of small-time London gambler Robbie Box (played by Brooks) and the effect that his poker addiction has on his long suffering girlfriend Jan Oliver (Duce) and her daughter Debby (Geoghan).

The theme music was by Bucks Fizz member Bobby G.[1]

Big Deal (series one) was released on DVD on 24 July 2006.


Series OverviewEdit

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Series 1 10 14 October 1984 30 December 1984
Series 2 10 3 September 1985 5 November 1985
Series 3 10 2 September 1986 4 November 1986


Series 1Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1"Red Lady, Black Night"Brian LighthillGeoff McQueen14 October 1984 (1984-10-14)
2"One Good Turnover"John GlenisterGeoff McQueen21 October 1984 (1984-10-21)
3"A Ragged Run"Carol WisemanGeoff McQueen28 October 1984 (1984-10-28)
4"Some You Win..."Christopher MenaulGawn Grainger4 November 1984 (1984-11-04)
5"The Luck of the Irish"John GlenisterGawn Grainger11 November 1984 (1984-11-11)
6"Fighting Chance"Carol WisemanAnthony Couch18 November 1984 (1984-11-18)
7"Video Man"Chris MenaulGawn Grainger2 December 1984 (1984-12-02)
8"Cash Flow"Gerald BlakeMax Marquis9 December 1984 (1984-12-09)
9"Nine Bob Notes"Carol WisemanGawn Grainger23 December 1984 (1984-12-23)
10"Home and Dry"David ReynoldsGeoff McQueen30 December 1984 (1984-12-30)

Series 2Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
11"Down and Under"Jeremy SummersGeoff McQueen3 September 1985 (1985-09-03)
12"Getting Knotted"Jeremy SummersGawn Grainger10 September 1985 (1985-09-10)
13"What Are Friends For?"John GlenisterAnthony Couch17 September 1985 (1985-09-17)
14"Popping Across the Pond"Carol WisemanGawn Grainger24 September 1985 (1985-09-24)
15"Breakthrough"Derek ListerAnthony Couch1 October 1985 (1985-10-01)
16"Guv'nor"Jeremy SummersAnthony Couch8 October 1985 (1985-10-08)
17"Partners"Derek ListerMax Marquis15 October 1985 (1985-10-15)
18"The Rabbit and the Hare"Carol WisemanGawn Grainger22 October 1985 (1985-10-22)
19"Windfall"Jeremy SummersNeil Rudyard29 October 1985 (1985-10-29)
20"I Gotta Horse"Carol WisemanGawn Grainger5 November 1985 (1985-11-05)

Series 3Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
21"The Big Sleep"Jeremy SummersGeoff McQueen2 September 1986 (1986-09-02)
22"The Z Team"Jeremy SummersAnthony Couch9 September 1986 (1986-09-09)
23"Deals on Wheels"Jan SargentGawn Grainger16 September 1986 (1986-09-16)
24"Tuppence Coloured"Laurence MoodyAnthony Couch23 September 1986 (1986-09-23)
25"The Chicken and the Egg"Jeremy SummersGawn Grainger30 September 1986 (1986-09-30)
26"Panel Money"Jan SargentGeoff McQueen7 October 1986 (1986-10-07)
27"Following in Father's Footsteps"Laurence MoodyGawn Grainger14 October 1986 (1986-10-14)
28"Playing the Ace"Jeremy SummersAnthony Couch21 October 1986 (1986-10-21)
29"The Biggest Deal"Laurence MoodyGeoff McQueen28 October 1986 (1986-10-28)
30"Innocent, OK?"Jeremy SummersGawn Grainger4 November 1986 (1986-11-04)


  • ""Big Deal" (1984)". Retrieved 9 October 2007.

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