The All Electric Amusement Arcade

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The All Electric Amusement Arcade
Created byGerard Macdonald
StarringLorraine Brunning
Tim Whitnall
Steven Woodcock
Joanne Campbell
Heather Taylor
Michael Lee Osborn
Gordon Gostelow
Liz Smith
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)Pamela Lonsdale
Producer(s)Sheila Kinany
Running time25 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Thames Television
Original networkITV Network (CITV)
Original release14 September (1983-09-14) –
26 October 1983 (1983-10-26)
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The All Electric Amusement Arcade is a seven-part British children's television serial aired on ITV in 1983. The show is a musical drama, with nearly every episode featuring an original song performed by in-universe band Electric Arc.[2]

The first episode of the series is available at the BFI Mediatheque at the BFI Southbank. [1]


Fifteen-year-old Bella Harper dreams of moving to Hollywood and becoming an actress. However, she is stuck in her hometown Graystone Beach with her broken family, so takes it upon herself to earn enough money to get her to her dream. She makes a deal with Mr Thomsett - manager of local dilapidated arcade The All Electric Amusement Arcade; if she can turn around the fortunes of the arcade, she earns 20% of the profits. With the help of local band Electric Arc, she decides to renovate the arcade into an events space for the youth of the town.[3][4]



  • Bella Harper (Lorraine Brunning) - The goal-driven teenager who takes it upon herself to refurbish the arcade.[2]
  • Jake (Tim Whitnall) - The lead singer and head of Electric Arc. Jake is stubborn and insolent, but still helps Bella out with the Arcade. He is also a builder's mate, so is responsible for constructing new features of the arcade.
  • Marcus (Steven Woodcock) - The bass guitarist of Electric Arc. He is a qualified electrician so becomes responsible for refurbishing the electrics in the Arcade.
  • Deshaun (Joanne Campbell) - Electric Arc's Farfisa player. She makes dresses as a hobby, so she opens a booth in the arcade to sell them.[5]
  • Cass (Heather Taylor) - Electric Arc's synth player who frequently goes on new diets. She ends up dating Dale.
  • Dale (Michael Lee Osborn) - The drummer hired by Electric Arc. He is forgetful and illiterate, but has a brilliant memory for music.
  • Mr Thomsett (Gordon Gostelow) - The war game-obsessed owner of the All Electric Amusement Arcade.
  • Robert Harper (David Collings) - Bella's abusive and work obsessed father.
  • Susan Harper (Janet Dale) - Bella's mother, who leaves Robert in the first episode for a better life.
  • Gran (Liz Smith) - Bella's grandmother and Robert's mother. She is vocally left-wing - frequently referencing the works of Karl Marx. She eventually becomes caretaker for the arcade.
  • Perry Harper (Alan Bowyer) - Bella's brother who is frequently focused on setting records and getting high scores on games.


  • Mrs Thomsett (Barbara Lott) - Mr Thomsett's wife, who travels the country selling antique furniture.
  • Daffyd Williams (Tenniel Evans) - a Welsh truancy officer, who keeps track of Bella's attendance
  • Star Base (Heather Alexander) - An ethereal and enigmatic drummer who turns up at the arcade.
  • Mr McMorrow (Leo Dolan) - The video game merchant who delivers arcade machines to the arcade.
  • Hawk (Clive Griffin) - The giant lead singer of fellow band The Cured Lepers.
  • Councillor Hogan (Kenneth MacDonald) - A councillor who arrives to inspect the arcade.
  • Councillor Warren (Joan Newell) - A councillor who arrives to inspect the arcade.
  • Danny (Lee Towsey) - Jake's silent friend who helps out with the arcade's renovations.

David Jensen also appears as himself.[6]


No. in
TitleDirected byOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"Christopher Hodson14 September 1983 (1983-09-14)
Local band Electric Arc are left without a venue - so after stumbling upon the dilapidated the All Electric Amusement Arcade, Bella decides to do something about it. Meanwhile, Truancy officer Daffyd Williams turns up at the Harper household for dinner, questioning why Bella has been skipping school. Electric Arc hold their first gig in their new home. Original Song: Video Puppet [6]
22"Episode 2"Christopher Hodson21 September 1983 (1983-09-21)
Bella successfully makes a deal with the arcade's owner Mr Thomsett to renovate the arcade into a youth hangout spot. Dale turns up at the Arcade looking for the band, after Jake hires him to be their new drummer. After eventually finding Electric Arc, he competes with Jake in a competition to name as many details of songs as possible.[7] [6]
33"Episode 3"John Woods28 September 1983 (1983-09-28)
Bella and the band begin work on refurbishing the Arcade. She orders new arcade games for the venue from merchant Mr McMorrow, who soon delivers them. But everyone finds themselves distracted by the enigmatic Star Base, who turns up at the venue unannounced. She seeks to be the band's drummer, but instead sets her eyes on Jake. The two disappear for hours, much to Bella's chagrin, so in retaliation she hires popular band the Cured Lepurs to perform alongside Electric Arc. Later, Bella's absent mother turns up at her house asking Bella if she wants to move in with her. Original Song: Takin' it Back [6]
44"Episode 4"John Woods5 October 1983 (1983-10-05)
Two councillors - Hogan and Warren - turn up to inspect the Arcade. They find themselves unconvinced about the arcade's potential, so Bella invites them back for Electric Arc's gig that night. Only Hogan turns up, but he soon finds himself dancing along with the rest of the audience. Marcus loses his job as an electrician from working on the Arcade too much. Original Song: Run and Hide [6]
55"Episode 5"Vic Hughes12 October 1983 (1983-10-12)
Mrs Thomsett returns to the Arcade enraged about Bella's refurbishment plans so she kicks her and the band out. But soon Bella begins to uncover a conspiracy about Mrs Thomsett's antique furnishings business, so Bella and Deshaun break into the Arcade at night to gather proof in the hopes of making Mrs Thomsett back down. Meanwhile, Deshaun decides to enter a TV fashion show with the dresses she's made. [6]
66"Episode 6"John Woods19 October 1983 (1983-10-19)
Deshaun becomes one of the three finalists in the TV fashion show - so for her TV appearance, decides to hold her fashion display at the Arcade. The band seize this oppertunity to make a video for one of their songs to appear on television. Bella's gran gets a job at the arcade as a caretaker. Original Song: Honky Town Rap [6]
77"Episode 7"Vic Hughes26 October 1983 (1983-10-26)
Deshaun discovers she came second in the competition. Bella and the band leave their hometown for their first London gig, but Bella plans on staying in London. Bella's mother Susan returns to, and decides to stay at the Harper household.

Tie-in Merchandise[edit]

7" Single[edit]

A single of one of Electric Arc's songs - "Honky Town Rap" - was released in 1983 by Red Bus Records. The B-side - "Just Another Song" is the theme tune to the show.[8]


A novelisation of the series, by creator Gerard Macdonald, was released in September 1983 to concide with the show's transmission. It was published by Fontana Lions in a paperback format.[9][6]


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  5. Pedder, Eddie (1988). Who's who on television. London: ITV Books. p. 40. ISBN 0907965490. Search this book on Logo.png
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 MacDonald, Gerard (1984). The All Electric Amusement Arcade. ISBN 9780241111871. Retrieved 30 April 2021. Search this book on Logo.png
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  8. "Electric Arc - Honky Town Rap (1983, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  9. "The All Electric Amusement Arcade". goodreads. Retrieved 30 April 2021.

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