Hallelujah! was a British sitcom made by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network and was broadcast from April 1983 to December 1984. The series was set in a Salvation Army citadel in the fictional Yorkshire town of Brigthorpe during series 1. Captain Emily Ridley has been posted there, having been an active member of the Salvation Army for 42 years. Despite the town and residents being seemingly pleasant, Emily is determined to flush out sin from behind the net curtains. Assisting Emily are her niece Alice Meredith. The programme was a repeat collaboration between Hird and the creator Dick Sharples, having worked together on the comedy series In Loving Memory between 1979 and 1986. The show even featured guest appearances from guest stars like Hird's Last of the Summer Wine co-star actor Michael Aldridge and television presenter & Countdown Legend Richard Whiteley Himself.
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Hallelujah! Episode Guide
3rd Jun 1981
For 42 years, Emily Ridley has fought a tireless battle against the Devil and his works. Now, it seems her uncompromising brand of evangelism has fallen out of favour.
10th Jun 1981
Emily believes that Brigthorpe is teeming with unrepentant sinners. Persuading them to turn their backs on the Devil is proving more difficult than she imagined.
13th May 1983
Emily's first counselling session confirms her very worst fears: behind the net curtains of the pleasant little town is a snake pit of original sin!
24th Jun 1981
Emily's latest door-to-door collection for the poor yields little more than £1.20, two 'drop dead's and an improper suggestion. Then she opens the poor box...
1st Jul 1981
Emily's new Senior Citizens' Luncheon Club gets off to a flying start - with an even more interesting finish.
8th Jul 1981
Emily takes delivery of a new mobile canteen, but attempts to offer tea, sympathy and a bowl of soup to the poor and needy don't work out quite as she intended, especially when a ham sandwich causes an embarrassing fall at Yorkshire Television that makes the protestor a hero!
15th Jul 1981
With Emily in hospital, struck down by a renegade ham sandwich, Sisters Alice Meredith and Dorothy Smith are left to run the Citadel. Their approach is quite unlike Emily's!