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Turn out the Lights on the cover of TV Times promoting the episode Hail to Thee, Aunt Shelmadine

Turn out the Lights was a short-lived spin-off from Pardon the Expression, itself a spin off from Coronation Street.

Leonard Swindley and Wally Hunt had been fired from their jobs at Dobson and Hawks department store in the last episode of Pardon the Expression. Developing an interest in astrology Swindley travelled the country employed as professional speaker on the subject. Wherever they went Swindley and Hunt stumbled across supernatural mysteries and set about exploring them. The series was a mixture of comedy and light drama.

Six fifty-five minute-long episodes gained their first broadcast on ITV from Monday 2nd January to 6th February 1967 on Associated Rediffusion (London) and Tyne Tees Television (North East England) with all the other regions, including Granada Television, broadcasting the episodes on the following Friday from 9.10 to 10.05pm. The series was also broadcast in two ITV regions (Westward Television and Channel Television) where no single episode of Pardon the Expression had ever been shown however it was not shown by Teledu Cymru. Though a smaller number of episodes were commissioned the double running time essentially meant this series lasted as long as the first season of Pardon the Expression.

The series was produced by Derek Granger, the second producer of Coronation Street and later producer of Brideshead Revisited. Peter Eckersley and John Finch were two of the writers and the former co-wrote two of his episodes with Kenneth Cope, alias Jed Stone. Denis Parkin, the original designer of Coronation Street designed three of the episodes.

Several Coronation Street regulars made appearances in the series; Neville Buswell, Judith Barker, William Moore, Joan Heath and Noel Dyson although Leonard Swindley was the only character from the programme to appear. In addition to these cast members, several notable actors, including some who appeared on the Street made contributions including Ben Kingsley, Wendy Richard, Yootha Joyce and Bob Todd.

It's not clear whether the series didn't do well enough to be recommissioned or whether it ended because the following year its star, Arthur Lowe, was occupied in the most important role of his career, playing Captain Mainwaring in the BBC's Dad's Army.

Along with the Pilot Episodes and the inserts for the All Star Comedy Carnival, the six episodes of Turn out the Lights are the only Coronation Street-related material missing from the Granada Television archives.

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This article uses material from the "Turn out the Lights" article on the Coronation Street wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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