1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 1 (UK)
100 x 25 minute episodes
Two large Victorian houses converted into eight flats at 42 Popes Avenue were the setting for “a slice of life without the sugar” in this daytime soap opera set in the fictional small Yorkshire seaside town of Castle Haven.
Teacher Phil Mercer (Jack Carr) and his wife Jo (Sally James) were hard up. They had a baby on the way and Mercer made no secret of the fact that they had top count the coppers. There wasn’t much left for luxuries on a salary of around £800 a year.
Other characters included the Thorns (old-age pensioners who lived in flat #1 and had an obsessive grievance with the council who had compulsorily purchased and demolished their house to make room for a road that wasn’t built), Ivor and Alice Davies (who had marital problems, largely because Alice tried to keep up with the Joneses with only Ivor’s nightshifts to pay for it all), the Meeks (who were caretakers to the flats), and the ever-quarrelling Everitts, Harry and Lorna (and daughter Sylvia).
The local watering hole for the inhabitants of the flats was a pub called the Gate Hangs Well, presided over by the demanding and sharp-tongued widow Delilah Hildrupp (Jill Summers).
The twice-weekly soap from Yorkshire Television debuted on Monday 31 March 1969 but only lasted two years, and all the recordings have since been erased.