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Whitehall Worrier, The

1 9 6 7 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes

The Right Honorable Mervyn Pugh (Robert Coote) is an accident-prone Labour minister in the government of Harold Wilson.

His dizzy wife, Janet (Moira Lister,) has discovered that he was having an affair, so she’s busy getting her revenge by having affairs of her own.

Meanwhile, his son, David (Karl Lanchbury), has a talent for finding ‘unsuitable’ girlfriends, while his daughter Michele (Celia Hewitt) becomes involved with various political protests, leading to trouble with the police.

Pugh’s dogsbody and whipping-boy – officially styled Personal Assistant – is Roger (Jonathan Cecil) and his housekeeper is Mrs Frome (Barbara Ogilvie). Miss Dempster (Nan Munro) and Mr Harrison (Arthur Howard) feature, as two pillars of the Civil Service.

Previewing initially as an episode of Comedy Playhouse, this BBC series aired on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm and attracted a viewing audience of  6.5 million.

Rt. Hon. Mervyn Pugh
Robert Coote
Janet Pugh
Moira Lister
Roger Deere
Jonathan Cecil
Miss Dempster
Nan Munro
Mr Harrison
Arthur Howard
Mrs Frome
Barbara Ogilvie
David Pugh
Karl Lanchbury
Michele Pugh
Celia Hewitt
Mrs Nicholson
Daphne Anderson