1 9 5 5 (UK)
181 x 15 minute episodes
Britain’s first daily serial followed the life of a newlywed young couple – Bill (Howard Pays) and Sally Norton (Patricia Dainton) – who lived in a small bungalow by the side of their garage on a bypass crossroads at Sixpenny Corner in rural Springwood.
The Associated-Rediffusion series started with their wedding and went on to the development of their business, opposition to the bypass and rivalry between the New Town and the original village.
Other main characters included Bill’s father (Robert Webber); Bill’s brothers, Stan (Robert Desmond) and Tom (Bernard Fox); Sally’s mother, Doris (Betty Bowden) and father (Walter Horsbrugh); Sally’s sister, Yvonne (Shirley Mitchell); Uncle Fred (Stuart Saunders) and Aunt Mabel (Olive Milbourne).
When the series began, Bill’s youngest brother, Tom, knocked out a foreign cafe owner while serving abroad in the forces and whisked his daughter, Grete Edler (Christine Pollen) to England and Bill’s house.
First airing on 23 September 1955 (the first full day of independent commercial television (ITV) broadcasting in Britain), the first six episodes were recorded and thereafter it was transmitted live every day in fifteen-minute episodes at 10:45 a.m. on weekday mornings.
Initially recorded in Kensington, the show was later transmitted from Wembley in the evening. The series was written by Jonquil Antony and Hazel Adair and lasted for nine months.
Mr Norton (Bill’s father)
Mrs Doris Sharpe (Sally’s mother)
Yvonne Sharpe (Sally’s sister)
Stan Norton (Bill’s brother)
Tom Norton (Bill’s youngest brother)
Mr Sharpe (Sally’s father)
Dr Tim O’Shea