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Summary

All four series of the hugely popular BBC radio sitcom - plus two Christmas specials.

After the death of her GP husband, widow Sarah is battling to bring up her strong-willed 18-year-old daughter, Clare, hindered by her meddling mother, Eleanor. Living on the middle floor of the family home, with Clare downstairs and Eleanor upstairs, Sarah finds herself besieged from above and below as she tries to cope with the demands of both her mum and her daughter. Luckily, she finds solace at work, where her best friend and boss at Bygone Books, Russell, provides a sympathetic ear. 

In these four series, Sarah dips a tentative toe into the dating scene, daughter Clare has boyfriend troubles and Eleanor takes a keen interest in both their love lives - sharing all the gossip with her pensioner friends, the ‘geriatric Mafia’. Holidays, house tidiness and hospital visits all cause problems for Sarah, and there are disagreements over everything from hiring a builder to the correct way to prepare Sunday lunch.... 

Also included are two special seasonal episodes, in which the three women bicker over the festive planning and Eleanor’s strict Christmas Day timetable.

Created by award-winning detective novelist and sitcom writer Simon Brett, this much-loved generation gap comedy ran for four years on radio between 1985 and 1989. It was adapted for ITV by Thames Television and was extremely successful, attracting 14 million viewers. Prunella Scales stars as Sarah, with Joan Sanderson as Eleanor and Gerry Cowper as Clare.

Cast

Sarah - Prunella Scales

Eleanor - Joan Sanderson

Clare - Gerry Cowper

Russell - Benjamin Whitrow

Nick - James Griffiths

Janie - Marion Bailey

Terry - Leo Dolan

Clifford - Richard Davies

Gwen - Ellen McIntosh

Vicar - John Nettleton

David - Nigel Williams

Chris - Mark Kingston

Alison - Mary Maddox

Miles - David Quilter

Quizmaster - Graham Blockey

Customer - Alan Thompson

Aubrey - Lockwood West

Delivery boy - David Learner

Doctor - Peter Howell

Sister - Deborah Findlay

Policeman - Michael Hadley

Percy Bradshaw/The television - Simon Brett

James - Edward de Souza

Valuer - Nicholas Le Provost

Neville - Ian Thompson

Julian - Jasper Jacob

The doctor - Julie Berry

Tom Wilkinson - Peter

Rod - Paul Sirr

Lady Newby - Fabia Drake

Vernon - Frederick Treves

Gary - Ian Michie

Auntie Lilian - Jean Anderson

Production credits

Written by Simon Brett

Produced by Pete Atkin

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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I enjoyed the performances given, however after listening to a whining mother for 4 hours my nerves where raw.

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radio at its best

why do they not do radio dram like this any more

we will never know the true ending

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I've loved this series for years but have only been able to access it through Radio 4 Extra. It's timeless and so beautifully acted. Prunella Scales and Joan Sanderson are perfect together. I can't imagine anyone else in the roles. I know the episodes almost by heart now but it still draws me back. There's something very comforting in listening to this show and I for one never tire of it. Thoughtful and gentle comedy.

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Excellent stories and performance from the cast.

loved it could listen to it all over again and enjoy it all over again.

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Another winner

An excellent script performed wonderfully by at top cast , poignant, funny and highly entertaining

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Simply wonderful

Prunella Scales as always is epic in this familiar comedy of family politics and frustration.

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cast and script perfectly aligned Grief and Loss touching portrayal of adjusting to life without Henry

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Ticks all the boxes

A delight ,wonderful writing, great characters. A comfort book in this dark time I look forward to each episode.

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Excellent. Sharp, witty - A great listen.

A classic from Simon Brett.. Well loved from my youth watching it on TV.

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Gentle, well performed middle-class comedy

The superb performances of the main cast, particularly Joan Sanderson and Prunella Scales, help to make up for the sometimes weak writing from Simon Brett. He appears to find it particularly difficult to come up with neat endings for the episodes, sometimes finishing with Scales' character simply growling in frustration.
It's not really laugh-out-loud comedy, at least for me, despite Sanderson's wonderful, charismatic performance, but it's gentle and pleasant to listen to.

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implausible set ups

I started listening to this because I love Prunella Scales - however the writing is implausible and off-putting. In the first episode, the lead character, who is supposed to be sympathetic, seeks out the suspicious older man her 18-year old daughter is dating out of protectiveness - and then - wait for it - gets involved with him herself after 5 minutes' conversation. And the audience is supposed to laugh good naturedly, "just the sort of shenanigans anyone could stumble into!" Not for me.

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