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Roll Over Beethoven
Genre Sitcom
Written by Laurence Marks
Maurice Gran
Directed by Derrick Goodwin (eps. 1–6)
Nic Phillips (eps. 7–13)
Starring Liza Goddard
Nigel Planer
Richard Vernon
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer Allan McKeown
ProducerTony Charles
Running time30 minutes
Production company Central Independent Television
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release25 February (1985-02-25) –
27 May 1985 (1985-05-27)

Roll Over Beethoven is a British television sitcom produced by Central Independent Television and transmitted on the ITV network in 1985. [1]

Written by the duo Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the series starred Nigel Planer as millionaire pop star Nigel Cochrane, who turns life in a sleepy Surrey village upside down when he purchases the manor house, installing a recording studio in his new home and planning to record his first solo album there. He enlists the help of local piano teacher Belinda Purcell ( Liza Goddard) to help him master the keyboard. An unlikely friendship – then romance – develops between the two as they collaborate on the album, much to the disapproval of Belinda's father, retired schoolmaster Oliver ( Richard Vernon). As the series progresses, Nigel briefly leaves to go on a promotional tour of the album, while Belinda develops her talent for composing by working on an album of her own.

ITV screened all thirteen episodes in one go with a week's break in April 1985, but Roll Over Beethoven was in fact recorded in two separate production blocks. The first six episodes were directed by Derrick Goodwin, whilst Nic Phillips took over for episodes 7–13. [2]

In The Confessional with Stephen Mangan broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Nigel Planer revealed that he chose to go on tour rather than doing a second series of Roll Over Beethoven, bringing an abrupt end to the program.



  1. ^ Evans, Jeff (2011). The Penguin TV Companion (4th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 811. ISBN  9780241952917.
  2. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (2003). The Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy. London: BBC. pp. 657–658. ISBN  0563487550.

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