Cover of DVD
|Written by|| Malcolm Bradbury |
Tom Sharpe (novel)
|Directed by||Robert Knights|
|Starring|| David Jason |
Griff Rhys Jones
|Opening theme||Dives in Omnia|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||200 minutes|
|Production company(s)|| Carnival Film and Television |
Picture Partnership Productions
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||3 June –|
24 June 1987
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