1 9 6 3 – 1 9 6 6 (UK)
46 x 30 minute episodes
This sitcom featured first Leslie Phillips as the Reverend Andrew Parker, and then – from 1964 – Donald Sinden as the Reverend Stephen Young.
The series followed the exploits of the youthful vicars at St Mark’s church in the rural parish of the village of Felgate (the location used for the series was really Denham Village, Buckinghamshire).
Joan Hickson played the housekeeper Mrs Pace, and Anne Lawson played Parker’s girlfriend in the first (Leslie Phillips) season.
The second season saw the introduction of Harry Fowler as a reformed crook called Harry the yo-yo (so named because he was in and out of jail all the time).
For the fourth (1966) season, Stephen Young moved from Felgate to Lynchester where he was promoted to Archdeacon and became the venerable Stephen Young.
He took Mrs Pace with him, of course. The series title was subtly changed to Our Man From St Mark’s.
The series was created and written by James Kelly and Peter Miller and produced by Eric Maschwitz.
Reverend Andrew Parker
Reverend Stephen Young
Harry the Yo-Yo