1 9 5 4 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This BBC comedy series was written by Peter Ling (co-creator of Compact and Crossroads) and broadcast on Saturday afternoons between July and September, throughout the school holidays of 1954.
Real-life husband and wife John Le Mesurier and Hattie Jacques played Mr and Mrs Mulberry – a childless couple, who, for the summer, looked after four children whose own parents were in Ceylon.
When the Mulberry’s London flat proved too small to accommodate them all, they took off for the seaside where the action took place at the end of a disused pier.
Clive Dunn also appeared in the series as the suitably named Mr Grimble.
The studio scenes were filmed at the BBC’s Lime Grove studios and the exterior seaside scenes were shot on location at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.
John Le Mesurier