1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 0 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
Returning from a cabaret tour of the Far East, Dickie (Dickie Henderson) rushes home to greet his wife, only to be met by his mother-in-law (Fabia Drake). His wife June (June Laverick) is on a slow boat from Australia.
Meanwhile, a cable has arrived from India saying that a young female is on the way to Dickie. Mother-in-law, Mrs Upshott-Mainwariing, is suspicious. Dickie is puzzled. Who is this young female?
The “present” for Dickie turns out to be a female baby elephant called Mini (which he has won in a raffle), and subsequent episodes revolve around the problems she causes with his neighbours – especially the inquisitive Parker (Dennis Ramsden) – and his local community as Dickie struggles to keep her hidden in his home.
Handyman William (Billy Burden) was engaged to help care for Mini.
The Thames Television series debuted at the end of December 1969 and aired throughout January 1970 on Tuesday nights at 8.30 pm. The writers were Jimmy Grafton and Johnny Heyward.
Dickie Henderson died on 22 September 1985, just short of his 63rd birthday