So Who’s Dennis Then?

It should be clear who this charming homeless man is by now. Dennis is, in fact, Dennis Tanner, son of Elsie. He, along with our Ken, appeared in the very first episode. He appears at 2:42. You can tell they aired these shows live back then, otherwise he wouldn’t have been obscured by Pat Phoenix’s head for so long.

You’d think, however, that they would have painted over his name on that windowsill after 51 years.


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Former Maritimer living in the suburbs of Montreal.
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10 Responses to So Who’s Dennis Then?

  1. Gayle says:

    Thanks John for this clip. I was fortunate enough to watch the first few seasons on DVD’s from the library. Golden!

  2. haili says:

    I don’t really remember Dennis but do remember Elsie, Martha, Ena, Ken, Uncle Albert and a couple of others. It was only on a couple of times a week back then and I didn’t watch very often.

  3. Bea says:

    Wow! They are really bringing back all the old characters. They will be bringing back Mike Baldwin next. lol

  4. missusmac says:

    Noooo, bring back Danny Baldwin, instead. Loved him. Could do with a bit of Karen around too. Wouldn’t it be cool if she came back and gave Becky relationship advice?

  5. S. Poole says:

    Yes, bring back Danny Baldwin, loved him, especially his nicknames for the factory workers, Sean was Mincemeat, Kelly was Legs. And also bring back Reg Holdsworth and Norman Watts, if you please. The scenes with them calling each other Mr. Watts and Mr. Holdsworth were great fun. The day Terry Duckworth was caught by the coppers in the Bestbuy (Freshco?) parking lot was my favourite, Reg and Curly watching on the CCTV, Reg saying “This is like flaming cops and robbers!” And of course Terry muttering Flaming Nora when he knew there was no way out.

  6. Kerry says:

    Some trivia for you:

    Dennis Tanner is in the Guinness Book of Records this year for being the TV character with the most time between recurring appearances (by the same actor). I can’t remember the exact length of time, but it’s, um, a lot.

    (Thanks to my Dad for the early Christmas present/bathroom reading)

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