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Fred: Complete Series (including Fred Dibnah Steeplejack) - Preview

Fred Dibnah

Preview by Jack Foley

WITH his specs, cloth cap and infectious toothy grin, Bolton born steeplejack Fred Dibnah was instantly recognisable.

He burst onto TV screens in 1978 blithely repairing Bolton’s town hall clock at the dizzying height of some 250 feet and quickly found a place in the nation’s heart, becoming a familiar face on TV for many years.

Now some of Fred’s most famous programmes can be enjoyed again thanks to the forthcoming DVD release from Simply Media.

Following that first local news report, the BBC commissioned the BAFTA winning 1980 documentary Fred Dibnah: Steeplejack, which showed him demolishing giant factory chimneys with ease and casually hopping across the chimney tops with death-defying agility.

After that, eight 30-minute programmes were made, exploring Fred’s eccentric life as a steeplejack and steam tractor fanatic, and now for the first time together on DVD, the seven episode 1982 BBC television series Fred arrives alongside Fred Dibnah: Steeplejack.

Win Fred (including Fred Dibnah Steeplejack) on DVD

To celebrate the release of Fred: Complete Series (including Fred Dibnah Steeplejack) on DVD from May 23, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In what year did Fred: first make his break onto British TV screens?

Simply send the answer to Fred competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email