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A Present for Dickie

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, and subsequent episodes revolve around the problems she causes with his neighbours 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 series debut at the end of December 1969 and aired throughout January 1970 on Tuesday nights at 8.30 pm.

Dickie Henderson died on 22 September 1985, just short of his 63rd birthday

Dickie Henderson
Mrs Upshott-Mainwaring
Fabia Drake
Dennis Ramsden
Billy Burden
Jerry Ram
Robert Raglan