1 9 5 8 (UK)
77 x 30 minute episodes
Since the demise of The Grove Family, the BBC had lacked a twice-weekly serial. Envious of the ratings success of ITV’s Emergency – Ward 10, the BBC unleashed Starr and Company in March 1958.
Based around a small family buoy-making firm (original if nothing else!), Starr and Company was transmitted live on Mondays and Thursdays.
Set in the fictional town of Sullbridge, 50 miles south of London, it starred Philip Ray, Nancy Nevinson, Patricia Mort and Brian McDermott, but didn’t stay buoyant for long, lasting only four months.