1 9 7 0 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
Premiering on Sunday 22 March 1970, this BBC2 comedy series was written by John Wells, John Fortune and N F Simpson and starred Hattie Jacques and Willoughby Goddard in stories about members of The Heritage Trust – a philanthropic body that made heavy going of aiding deserving causes.
The series was intended to send up organisations like the Arts Council who distribute taxpayers’ money to nourish creativity of one kind or another. But apart from the occasional low gag and a few good lines, Charley’s Grants hardly got off the ground.
Part of the problem was the disjointed nature of the show. One minute we’d be at a meeting of the Trust, the next, we would be viewing one of several worthy causes that were due for consideration.
Willoughby Goddard made a formidable chairman of The Trust, while Hattie Jacques was equally influential as one of the members. But they and the rest of the cast were worthy of something better than this.