I've always liked this post-war set programme with Kenneth Cranham. Nigel Planer played his friend, Elizabeth Spriggs played his mum, Maggie Steed was his ex-wife and Linda Robson was his daughter. Pauline Quirke was his daughter's friend.
I didn't think Nicky Henson was a good as Kenneth Cranham in the revived 90s version.
Do you remember what night of the week this went out? I have a feeling it was either Fridays or Sundays at 9PM but seem to get this one muddled up with 'A Bit of A Do' which I seem till recall was in a similar slot.
Sadly this is one that I felt a bit too young to appreciate back in the day and it seemed too nostalgic for a young teenager to get into on original broadcast. Without wanting to sound stereotypically ageist 'I do remember my parents watching it' back in the day. The theme tune I certainly remember and could probably start the singalong at the next Minder meeting.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I also remember liking 'Now And Then' which was similar as it was Bernard Holley as a middle-aged man in the 1980s reminiscing about his 1940s childhood and comparing life 'now' to 'back then'. Some scenes were set in the 1980s and some in the 1940s. It also starred June Brown, Sam Kelly, Liz Smith, Cindy O'Callaghan, Ray Burdis and Barry Stanton.
Have to say I have become a little hooked on this and really forgot what a cracking series it was. It covers so much different story lines, from politics to race, to homelessness and lack of food and goods after WW2 and done with a good bit of humour.
I have to add Kenneth Cranham, Elizabeth Spriggs and Maggie Steed are superb actors and bring so much quality to their characters which adds so much to any show and have some quality actors popping up throughout in supporting roles.
The only thing missing for me is no Mum to bring me through tea and toast whilst watching this like she did when I was a kid.