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Mating Machine, The

Norman Rossington and Sheila Hancock in 'Sealed with a Loving Kiss'

1 9 7 0 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes

This seven-part comedy series from LWT aired on Friday nights and featured a fresh cast and storyline each week. The only constant was the mechanical data-date matchmaker of the title.

The show paired some of Britain’s leading scriptwriters – Galton and Simpson, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, Ken Hoare and Mike Sharland – with top comedy stars such as Sheila Hancock, Pauline Collins (pictured at left with Martin Shaw), Miriam Karlin, Sam Kydd, Norman Rossington and Eleanor Summerfield.

Stories included a ten-year-old star of numerous television commercials enrolling her lonely father in the bureau and a bachelor Bishop with a weakness for women who is enrolled by his chaplain with a view to making the philanderer finally choose a life partner,


Who Sleeps on the Right? | Flo and Monty and Henry . . . and Henry | Only Three Can Play | All About Little Eve | Sealed with a Loving Kiss | As the Bishop Said to the Actress | Ada’s Last Chance