Duty Free Classic TV Show
Comedy series about two couples on holiday in Spain. Although from different backgrounds, the Pearce's and the Cochran's each seek the same thing, sun, sand, sea and infidelity.
Duty Free Fan Tributes27 Neil Farrell from Dublin: first saw Duty Free when it began nearly 30 years ago. Loved every minute of it. Favourite moment was when Amy arrived at the San Remo unannounced where David was holidaying with Tommy Wright and amy advised him Tommy was dead for 3 years. But overall enjoyed every moment. Have the box set too. Would leave to see the series as a 25 years on where David had it all and Robert had nothing. Class series overall, they do not make them like they used to.
26 Sam from wirral: absolutely hilarious gentle humour brilliant cast dont have favourite episode all brill just has not been equaled until first 3 series of Benidorm
25 susan waldron from oldbury westmids: i loved the episode where the man from emmerdale was on and linda fancied him, but he fancied amy.
24 sanny from midlands: i like the cabaret episode best, were linda and amy and her hubby sang the lovesong.classic. it made me laugh somuch, butall the series was great.
23 daniel clapham from bamber bridge preston: i like to see duty free on itv3 or itv1 if they show it a again some time from daniel clapham
22 Alan from London: I love the Wish you were here epsiode when Robert completely took over the interview about his intense dislike of the German tourists. I had tears of laughter running down my cheeks everytime he rambles on about the Germans with the arm bands and the jackboots tucked away in the attack and the German's military aggression when anybody tries to get a deckchair. Brilliant stuff.
21 gill and david from suffolk: Our favourtie scene is the bullfighter one where Amy says 'you are not an artist but a hit man for fray bentos'- absolutely brilliant show we watch it regularly on dvd.
20 Phil from Chesterfield: I absolutely love Duty Free!. Been a fan since i first saw it when i was around 8 yrs old. I bought the dvd full package and cant stop watching it. Thanks
19 Steve Thacker from Margate: Keith was my hero, when I was young, I always dreamt of going on long romantic walks on the beach in Margate.
18 Derek from Altrincham: oh, i absolutely love duty free.. think i was about 11 when i 1st saw it.. all the family lovve it too,, got the whole boxset here., all the episodes were great but there`s one inparticular that sticks out.its the one where they go to a bull fight.. ye thats the one.........................quality!, hehe
17 alan from brighouse,yorkshire: When will this be repeated as we put up with so many repeats this would be worth repeating,
16 Karen from Manchester: I will always remember watching duty free as a kid, and now they are repeating the series on paroumount channel very early in the morning, been watching it on my early shift, soo funny, that waiter is hilarious, I am going to costa del sol in august, and this is getting me in the mood for my hols..
15 mark cowell from Fleetwood: My wife has just bought me the complet series for my birthday, and we have just started watching Series 1- episode 1&2. I was 9 when it first came out, Oh the memories it brings back, this TV series was and still is absolutely brilliant.
14 Matin Martinez from Martin Hill: I loved Duty Free - what a classic show. I especially liked the episode where Keith Barron encounters a Jamaican gambler named Martin Marley. Barron ends up getting totally stoned with his new holiday companion and he misses his flight home!!! Amazing! When he is finally reunited with his family, he gets busted by the cops (I think the cop's name was Martin) for smuggling weed. My Gran almost wet herself laughing at this. More please.
13 Angie Barker from Bolton: Excellent show! made me laugh as a kid when they were constantly hiding in each other's wardrobes & still makes me laugh today!
12 alan farmiloe from birmigham uk: its a shame there should have been a follow up where they met up back home. but then. who knows?. the best show ever made. witt at its best
11 Caroline Martin from Falkirk: I loved watching duty free as a child growing up in the 80's. It always made me wish I was abroad. I loved how the couples jumped in and out of each others apartments and hiding in the wardropes from their partners. Hey I grew up and guess what I live abroad in a spanish island, adios amigos.
10 Val White from Little Dunmow, Essex: A truly enjoyable, entertaining series with a superb cast - laughs guaranteed. I especially enjoyed the episode with Frazer Hines which was quite hilarious.
9 Puckwudgie from Scotland: I loved all the episodes of Duty Free! It's difficult to single any one of the main characters out as they were all brilliant! Farce at it's best since the days of Brian Rix and the whitehall team.
A personal favourite moment was when Amy dressed as Marlene Dietrich and sang falling in love again, Davids face was priceless. Why oh why cant they make programs like that nowadays?
8 mark groak from hull: Duty Free is one of the finest farces ever concieved. Ok, every episode ended up with a trouserless Keith Barron hiding in a closet with a Spanish waiter but that for me is part of its charm. Add the defintive part of the comedy spanish waiter by that bloke in the fez and you have a true classic.
7 Caroline Bullock from Surrey: Massively underrated series which still stands the test of time - I was only about eight or nine when I first watched it and having rediscovered it, feel it is one of the true comic gems.
Keith Baron was one of the funniest sit com actors I've ever seen and much of the dialogue was far more subtle and wittier than a lot of what broadly passes as "comedy" nowaday.
Gwen Taylor was also great.
6 martin robinson from manchester: My daughters and I really enjoyed the show , especially the episode with Neville Thwaite who wanted his ` photo
taken with a monkey ` !!
All the cast were extremely polished - excellent timing always - and clever scripts made a memorable show.
5 Penny Lane from Merseyside: What a good show. It was like Wish You Were Here with a bit of humour thrown in. If only the duty was free eh?
4 Ian Phillips from Bolton, Lancashire, UK: Duty Free still amuses today. I was only four when the first series aired and now at 23, it defintley stands as one of ITV's better sitcoms of the 1980's. In my opinion, Gwen Taylor stole the show hands down. Her witty one-liners and impeccable timing injecting life into the series. Season 2 was the most consistent series whilst my all-time favourites was the 1986 christmas special, A Duty Fre Christmas.
3 Marcus Jones from Nottingham: Duty Free stands the test of time as one of the all time greats. How Keith Barron didn't get more work I'll never know. He was capable of straight acting as well as comedy, you know. Anyone wanting to chat about Duty Free should mail me on email@example.com.
2 pez parker from manchester: duty free is fantastic! one of the funniest things ever on tv. a new series would be great.
1 Claire Brown from Fife: Absolutely Hillarious !!!! More More More !!
Keith Barron as David Pearce
Gwen Taylor as Amy Pearce
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Linda Cochran
Neil Stacy as Robert Cochran
Carlos Douglas as The Waiter
Bunny May (series 1)as Hotel Manager
George Camiller (series 2 and 3) as Hotel Manager
Frazer Hines and Judith Charmers.
Actress Gwen Taylor was nominated for a BAFTA award for her role in A Bit of a Do.
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