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Summary

All three series of the BBC radio comedy about the turbulent relationship of an odd couple.

Dithering undertaker's assistant Bernard Pringle has finally got engaged to his sweetheart, Iris Bickerdyke - but Iris still has to persuade her fiancé to buy her a ring. And goodness knows when he'll manage to get her down the aisle.... 

The course of their true love runs rather less than smooth in these 20 episodes, as a trip to the cinema turns into an off-screen disaster, Iris faces competition in the shape of new office secretary Crystabelle, and Bernard is all at sea after he's asked to scatter a client's ashes. There are problems with their parents too, as Iris' mum, Daisy, is conned out of her inheritance and Bernard's dad, Wilf, is caught with his guard - and his trousers - down. But as father and son stride to the crease in the annual cricket match, Bernard finds himself just 22 yards from glory - can he save the day? 

Written by Vince Powell, who scripted a string of successful TV sitcoms including For the Love of Ada, Bless This House and Here's Harry for Harry Worth, this warm-hearted comedy stars Gorden Kaye ('Allo 'Allo!) as Bernard and Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!) as Iris.

Written by Vince Powell

Produced by Mike Craig

Cast:

Iris - Su Pollard

Bernard - Gorden Kaye

Wilf - David Ross

Daisy - Paula Tilbrook/Marlene Sidaway

Mr Foley/Police Sergeant - Peter Wheeler

Mr Matthews - John Jardine

Miss Parker/Myrtle/Doreen/Crystabelle - Julie Higginson

Tommy/Mr Cameron - Roger John-Lee

Other parts played by members of the cast

First broadcast BBC Radio 2, 11th February-1st April 1993 (Series 1), 3rd December 1994-12th January 1995 (Series 2), 18th January-22nd February 1996 (Series 3)

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