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5 x 30 minute episodes
It’s a Living placed long-time comedy double-act (and cousins) Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss in a small general store which they were told was “a little gold mine”, where they had to be hard-working, thrifty and law-abiding if they wanted to make a living.
Fanny Carby and 13-year-old Adrienne Poster (later Posta) played the roles of Ben’s wife, Bertha, and daughter, Betty. Posta had made her television debut a year before in the drama series Harpers West One and had also appeared in the detective series Top Secret.
Lance Percival appeared as a rather shifty character called Foxy Flint.
This was the last TV series for the two cousins who had first teamed up in 1934, although the act didn’t finally break up until 1967.
At that time both men planned to retire, but an offer from the BBC became the springboard for a second (and arguably more successful) run for Jimmy Jewel, with his most memorable role being that of Eli Pledge in Nearest and Dearest.
Ben Warriss came out of retirement for one more TV appearance, the televised Royal Variety Show of 1980, and passed away at the age of 85 in 1993. Jewel (also born in 1909) survived him by two years.