1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes
Paula Wilcox (of Man About the House fame) played Elizabeth Jones – a book illustrator and single mum who planned to keep her baby and become an activist working for mother’s rights.
In the first episode, Elizabeth announces to her parents that she is pregnant, just when her four-year relationship with Alan Sadler (Christopher Scoular) breaks up.
Despite failing to make the appropriate arrangements for claiming benefit, and consequently finding herself short of income, she happily gives birth to a baby son who she christens Roland Desmond Geoffrey Jones (Luke Steensil) – or Roly for short.
Her prudish parents soon rally around to support their daughter, as do her neighbour, Geoffrey (Christopher Beeny) and friend, Rose Tucker (Cass Allen).
This daring (for the time) comedy focussed on Elizabeth’s attempts to make ends meet and do the best for her son.
In the second series, Geoffrey moved out and widower David (David Savile) and his daughter Penny (Catherine Kirkwood) moved in.
David, a writer, and Elizabeth began to pool their talents and gradually their relationship became less platonic and rather more intimate.
Written by Richard Waring (And Mother Makes Three) and produced and directed by Peter Frazer-Jones (Man About the House, Robin’s Nest), this was the first British sitcom to depict a single mother. It was a daring subject for a comedy, but unfortunately not a very funny one.
The series was remade in America as Miss Winslow and Son and six episodes were broadcast on CBS in 1979.
Charlotte Mitchell (1)
Joan Scott (2)
Baby Roland ‘Roly’ Jones
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