Love of Mike, The

1 9 6 0 (UK)
30 x 30 minute episodes

This now-forgotten sitcom about Mike Lane, a dance band trumpeter with a frantic love life, was written for Michael Medwin, recently demobbed from The Army Game.

Mike was always broke, always short of rent, and always running after easy money or a hard-to-get blonde.

He was an inveterate woman chaser whose hunting costume was a padded dressing gown and long cigarette holder. His hunting equipment included a record-player pitched to woo, soft lights and an unscrupulous eye for an unfair advantage.

However, this being the moralistic early 1960s, it was hardly surprising that Mike's schemes always ended in failure.

Brian Wilde left the series after seven episodes and was replaced in the role of Mike's flatmate, Bob, by Bernard Fox.

George Roderick (from The Larkins) co-starred as a henpecked neighbour who was always popping in and Carmel McSharry was Mike's charlady, Biddy.

Three of the cast - Medwin, Fox and George Roderick - reunited the following year in Three Live Wires.

Mike Lane
Michael Medwin
Bob
Brian Wilde (1)
Bernard Fox (2)
Biddy
Carmel McSharry
George
George Roderick