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Gary Holton, who played Wayne, died of a drugs overdose in 1985 while filming the second series, leading to a somewhat watered-down appearance in the last few episodes. As they had filmed all of the exterior scenes with Wayne in them but had not started any of the interior scenes, they decided to dress one of the production team in a wig to look like Wayne for backshots during indoor scenes to keep some form of continuity going. For many of the indoor scenes, he was written out entirely, and his presence was accounted for by explaining he was elsewhere at the time.
 
Many of the scenes shown in the second series set in Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Derbyshire and even one in Spain were in fact filmed in Nottingham.
 
A third season was originally planned soon after the second series completed, to be set in Moscow, seeing the lads rebuilding the British Embassy, but it was declared too expensive, and the other actors did not want to carry on without Gary Holton, so the third series did not go ahead until it was picked up by the BBC some 15 years later. The rebuilding of the British Embassy was later used as the premise of the fourth series.
 
Neville's wife Brenda (Julia Tobin) is the only female character to have appeared in every series.
 
Ian La Frenais first spotted Gary Holton, Wayne, at a children's birthday party in London. He got chatting to him and as a result told Roger Bamford, the director, that he'd met someone who would make a 'perfect Wayne'. Holton, the lead singer with The Heavy Metal Kids, had performed camoes in cult films like Quadrophenia and Breaking Glass, but had done no television, although he'd sung the theme tune to Murphy's Mob, a children's show about a football team. Despite Holton's inexperience he eventually was cast as Wayne.
 
Ray Cooper, from Elton John's backing band, was originally going to be Moxey but Roger Bamford cast Christopher Fairbank as Cooper couldn't make the audition.
 
Tim Healy, Dennis, was originally going to be cast as Oz.
 

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: November 11, 1983
Ended: December 28, 2004
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