Was about life set in a local indoor market. Never quite took off. Even with Kate omara and Hellen Shapiro appearing. Guess only so much happens in a place like this.




1986   1985  


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Series cast summary:
Seeta Indrani ...  Sita Sharma 15 episodes, 1986
Noreen Kershaw Noreen Kershaw ...  Lynne Harrison 11 episodes, 1985-1986
Derek Hicks Derek Hicks ...  Keith Naylor 9 episodes, 1985-1986
Sally Baxter Sally Baxter ...  Lisa O'Shea 9 episodes, 1985-1986
Dev Sagoo Dev Sagoo ...  Raju Sharma 9 episodes, 1985-1986
Paul Bhattacharjee ...  Jaz Sharma 9 episodes, 1985-1986
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ...  Derek Owen 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Peter Benson ...  Larry Rigg 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Paula Jacobs Paula Jacobs ...  Peggy Sagar 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Barbara Wilshere ...  Carol Broadbent 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ...  Geoff Travis 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Carol Kaye Carol Kaye ...  Miriam Ransome 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ...  Morris Ransome 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Valerie Lilley ...  Brenda Rigg 8 episodes, 1985-1986
Burt Caesar Burt Caesar ...  Phil Smith 7 episodes, 1985
Pik Sen Lim ...  Ly Nhu Chan 7 episodes, 1985-1986


Was about life set in a local indoor market. Never quite took off. Even with Kate omara and Hellen Shapiro appearing. Guess only so much happens in a place like this.

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Release Date:

August 1985 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(100 episodes)


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The shortest running soap opera ever to be shown. Lasted a year on British TVs. See more »

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Excellent Production Values, But Still A Failure...
30 June 2006 | by wenapSee all my reviews

It was well acted, had some great characters, warmth, humour... but it failed. Why? "Albion Market" was supposed to be a companion soap for Granada's other Lancashire-based drama "Coronation Street", but somehow the setting did not inspire. And, although characters were often likable, the show often felt bitty and disjointed as it flitted round the market, the café, certain characters' houses and the market superintendent's office.

Perhaps a large, central family group may have made a difference? Favourite characters included Jewish crockery sellers Morris and Miriam Ransome, Peggy at the market café and her daffy assistant Carol, fiery Lynne Harrison, and long-suffering Derek, the market superintendent, and his gormless side kick Keith.

It was certainly grim. An abandoned baby was found in the back of a traders' van and an unemployed man attempted suicide. There was no sign of the glitzy side of 1980s life at first.

As "Albion Market" failed to impress viewers, shoulder pads and blonde highlights for several of the male characters were imported, and 60s singer Helen Shapiro arrived as market hairdresser Viv.

But before we could see if these new ploys would work, the show was axed. It had lasted one year.

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