I hadn't seen this since it aired, until today. A friend bought it me (both series) for Christmas on DVD - which it appears is quite rare now. It used to be on on Saturday afternoons after the football results on ITV. Sort of like ITV's answer to Blackadder The Third, except written by Eric 'Rising Damp' Chappell; this stars Keith Barron as the titular Squire, with Reece Dinsdale (as his son Roderick) and Sam Kelly as his servant - Nathaniel Grunge.
Largely the Haggards are contemptuous rogues of the first order, who come from a once respected family but who now try to make money out of get rich quick schemes, chasing ladies and living off the back of their once honourable name.
The first few episodes feature Sara Crowe as Fanny Foulacre - Crowe being an actress that used to be on TV comedy shows all the time but who I hadn't seen in ages and had sort of forgotten about.
Okay so it's not Chappell's best work but it's still entertaining and fun. Anybody else watch or remember this?
That's her, yes! Fanny Foulacre. Her father, the stern faced, humourless duellist - Sir Joshua Foulacre is played by Michael Jayston. Naturally he despises the Haggards, and is dead against her yearning desires for young Roderick Haggard.
The characters are better played and more defined. The jokes are funnier. It’s less hysterical and more knockabout.
Great episode with Paul Darrow last night, playing Squire Haggard’s brother Mad Jack. Who pretends to be dead (and then a ghost out for revenge) to teach Haggard a lesson for cheating during a bet. Very funny
but the mention of Keith Barron as the squire rings a bell. Probably one of those things I vaguely recall being on from trailers, but never actually watched.
It’s not bad. Completely harmless and fairly light weight sitcom. Typical Eric Chappell. If you like Home To Roost, Only When I Laugh and Rising Damp, then you’ll probably enjoy it. Like I said it’s a sort of naff ITV version of Blackadder The Third. I think it’s biggest let down was the show’s time slot. Which was a little odd to say the least. Saturday teatime?? I mean, what was all that about? Whoever programmed that should have been shot!
Checkout a couple of episodes from series 2. You’ll soon know if it’s for you or not.
I’m enjoying re-watching it.
I need to pick up Never The Twain next.. I remember finding that amusing in the 80s. . . And The New Statesman.