Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that was nearly in a legal battle with Ronnie Barker  – Bread

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Opening Sequence / Theme Tune

 

About the Show

Summary of Plot

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs. Family life for the Boswells centres around their God-fearing Catholic mother, Nellie. With her husband having left her for “a tart”, she relies upon her eldest son, Joey, to play the father’s role to her other three sons, Jack, Adrian and Billy, and her daughter Aveline. Their ability to squeeze the DHSS dry, while the boys earn a living on the side, is legendary. But, although the family is the focus of their lives, they each have different reasons to be unhappy! –IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

7  seasons

Characters:

Jean Boht – Nellie Boswell

Nick Conway – Billy Boswell

Jonathan Morris – Adrian Boswell

Kenneth Waller – Grandad

Ronald Forfar – Freddie Boswell

Victor McGuire – Jack Boswell

Trivia

+Demise reported of Carla Lane on Tuesday 31st May 2016. As credited frequently by many cast members when they attended the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event ‘Save the Rose Theatre’ campaigns, public PR day, May 1989.

+ When both Peter Howitt and Gilly Coman left the series, Carla Lane and producer Robin Nash had not considered replacing the characters Joey and Aveline with new characters, instead of recasting the roles and writing their absences into the 1989 series.

+ The show was originally to be titled “Porridge 2″. The BBC quickly backed down when Ronnie Barker and his dad threatened legal action, as the show had absolutely no tie ins with his previous hit sitcom from the 1920’s ” Porridge 1″

+ Billy Boswell is the show’s least popular character.

+ Adrian Boswell’s actual name was James (Jimmy) Boswell, he just used the name Adrian for his work inside the real estate industry as he felt James was too common a name.
Classic Clips

 

I Bought a Car

 

Grandads Ailments

 

Adrian At the Dole Office