Pennies from Heaven

1979, TV Show

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A sheet music salesman finds love in depression-era Chicago in Pennies From Heaven (1981), starring Steve Martin.

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Premiered: 1979, on PBS
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Premise: Dennis Potter's acclaimed musical miniseries, set in 1935 England, about a sheet-music salesman who believes life should mirror the hokey, happy lyrics of popular songs. Winner of a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Drama, it aired in the U.S. on PBS. In 1981, Potter adapted the script for a movie with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.

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