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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.8  (980)

Desmond's was a British sitcom set in a barbershop named Desmond's in the London borough of Peckham. The show was broadcast from 1989 and 1994 on the network Channel 4 in the U.K. and later shown on U.S. cable network's including BET. Desmond's was popular in the U.K. and also attempted to give a realistic view of life in London lived by members of the West Indian and African communities; alongside showing the comedy of everyday life Desmond's also tried to show realistic situation involving the prejudice's faced by the predominantly black characters. Desmond's is often cited as the first sitcom aired in the U.K. that focused on the working lives of black people with the majority of the sitcom taking place in the barbershop owned by Desmond Ambrose. During the six seasons covering 71 episodes of Desmond's the focus is squarely on the lives of the Ambrose family, headed by Desmond, played by Norman Beaton. Desmond, often referred to as an incompetent barber living in Peckham, London who longs to return to his childhood home of Guyana to retire. Desmond's wife, Shirley does not share his dream of returning to Guyana as she does not want to leave their three adult children and the successful life and business they have built up in London. Desmond's barber shop is a meeting place for members of the local community, including Desmond's childhood friend from Guyana Porkpie who followed him to London. The children of the Ambrose family are used in the show to give an impression of the hopes and dreams of members of the black community of Peckham. The eldest son of the family Michael is a bank loan officer; the younger of the Ambrose children wish to become professionals with Gloria interested in journalism and Sean leaving to study computers at university. Much of the comedy is found in the different attitudes of the generations portrayed in the sitcom. The comedy ended with the death of Norman Beaton that led to a spin off series based on the character of Porkpie.

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Seasons
0 Little Town of Peckham
13. 0 Little Town of Peckham
June 6, 2011
The last ever episode of the popular sitcom. Shirley is planning a traditional Guyanese Christmas but the family have other plans. Meanwhile, Lee decides that what the barber shop needs is…
A Sign of the Times
12. A Sign of the Times
June 6, 2011
Desmond has ordered a neon sign for the shop and Lee has got it for him at a bargain price. But then he offers to install it, too...
When the Cat's Away
11. When the Cat's Away
June 6, 2011
A huge wedding takes place in Peckham, which means big business for the shop. But Desmond is away and Shirley is forced to call in his hated rival, Irving Poole.
Heavy Traffic
10. Heavy Traffic
June 6, 2011
Lee falls in love. She's beautiful, talented, an aromatherapist - and that's not all...
Return of Hyacinth Green
9. Return of Hyacinth Green
June 6, 2011
Porkpie's old flame Hyacinth turns up - and just happens to answer the phone when his absent fiancee Susu calls from Jamaica.
Judgement Day
8. Judgement Day
June 6, 2011
A funky American preacher arrives at the barbershop to sue Desmond for a cut he had two years ago and the months of mental distress he had to suffer afterwards.
The Speech
7. The Speech
June 6, 2011
Desmond is away at a conference. but his speech has gone AWOL. When it can't be found, there's only one answer - the barber shop gang will write a replacement.
Planning Permission
6. Planning Permission
June 6, 2011
Desmond hires an architect to plan the retirement house he's always dreamt of - but then he tries to keep it secret from Shirley.
Love Letters
5. Love Letters
June 6, 2011
Beverley becomes distraught when she finds some love letters written by Cuthbert.
Demon Barber II (Turbo)
4. Demon Barber II (Turbo)
June 6, 2011
Sean invents a video game that seems destined to put his father out of business.
Georgetown Dreaming
3. Georgetown Dreaming
June 6, 2011
On a miserable English day Desmond wonders what might have happened if he had never come to this 'godforsaken country'.
Hatchet Job
2. Hatchet Job
June 6, 2011
Desmond gets a shock when he reads a page or two from Porkpie's diary.
Do Move a Favour
1. Do Move a Favour
June 6, 2011
Desmond hires a new assistant Ricky - but no one else can understand why he's chosen Ricky in the first place.
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Desmond's was a British sitcom set in a barbershop named Desmond's in the London borough of Peckham. The show was broadcast from 1989 and 1994 on the network Channel 4 in the U.K. and later shown on U.S. cable network's including BET. Desmond's was popular in the U.K. and also attempted to give a realistic view of life in London lived by members of the West Indian and African communities; alongside showing the comedy of everyday life Desmond's also tried to show realistic situation involving the prejudice's faced by the predominantly black characters. Desmond's is often cited as the first sitcom aired in the U.K. that focused on the working lives of black people with the majority of the sitcom taking place in the barbershop owned by Desmond Ambrose.

During the six seasons covering 71 episodes of Desmond's the focus is squarely on the lives of the Ambrose family, headed by Desmond, played by Norman Beaton. Desmond, often referred to as an incompetent barber living in Peckham, London who longs to return to his childhood home of Guyana to retire. Desmond's wife, Shirley does not share his dream of returning to Guyana as she does not want to leave their three adult children and the successful life and business they have built up in London.

Desmond's barber shop is a meeting place for members of the local community, including Desmond's childhood friend from Guyana Porkpie who followed him to London. The children of the Ambrose family are used in the show to give an impression of the hopes and dreams of members of the black community of Peckham. The eldest son of the family Michael is a bank loan officer; the younger of the Ambrose children wish to become professionals with Gloria interested in journalism and Sean leaving to study computers at university. Much of the comedy is found in the different attitudes of the generations portrayed in the sitcom. The comedy ended with the death of Norman Beaton that led to a spin off series based on the character of Porkpie.

Desmond's is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (136 episodes). The series first aired on June 6, 2011.

Where to Watch Desmond's

Desmond's is available for streaming on the Channel 4 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Desmond's on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    June 6, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (980)