1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (UK)
26 x 30 minute episodes
1 x Christmas special
An ITV version of the comedy premise that scored award-winning success in the BBC sitcom Not In Front Of The Children with the much-underrated actress Wendy Craig starring again as a somewhat scatter-brained, harassed mother in a series of domestic dilemmas.
Craig played the role of Sally Harrison, a widow faced with the everyday tribulations of raising well-meaning but nonetheless troublesome sons, Simon (Robin Davies) and Peter (David Parfitt). Sally was helped by her auntie (Valerie Lush) and enjoyed some occasional male interest while holding down a job as assistant to vet, Mr Campbell (George Selway).
Sally married father-of-one widower and antiquarian bookseller David Redway in the final series, leading to the sequel And Mother Makes Five.
The domestic scope of the new series was much the same, with Sally as harassed as before and the children growing older but remaining as wholesomely brattish as before.
Simon’s Holiday | Birthday Bike | A Bird In The Hand | Get Mobile | School For Love | Pound Of Flesh | Mr Mum | A Hard Day Out | The Matchmakers | Growing Pains | But How Can I Tell Them? | Once A Year Day | All Play And No Work | Gather Ye Mushrooms While Ye May | Father Figure | Girl Talk | Thank Heaven For Little Girls? | A Family Affair | Two Hearts That Beat As One | Wedding Talk | Homes, Sweet Homes | A Home And A Job | The Eve Of The Day | And Father Makes Five | Starting Trouble | The Honeymoon’s Over