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My Old Man

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Clive Dunn (Dad’s Army) starred as Sam Cobbett, the geriatric hero of this hilarious sitcom which proved a ratings hit for Yorkshire Television between 1974 and 1975.

Based on a BBC pilot that originally starred Ronnie Barker in the series Seven Of One (pictured below), My Old Man takes a look at the generation gap – in particular, what happens when a crusty, opinionated old timer ends up living under the same roof as his daughter and son-in-law.

Retired engine driver Sam has been prised from his council-condemned terraced house in Ironmonger Row by the crowbars of the demolition men.

With Sam needing a new home, an obvious solution emerges in the shape of the spare room in his daughter’s new high rise flat, living with her and her husband, Arthur (Edward Hardwicke) and their teenage son, Ron (Keith Chegwin).

Sam is, all things considered, a reasonable man. He fought in two world wars, and he’s seen a lot of life. It’s just that he has some rather strong ideas on how to live it, and they’re not usually shared by his social-climbing son-in-law, Arthur – whom Sam takes much delight in embarrassing at every opportunity.

Dunn’s real-life wife Priscilla Morgan played his daughter, Doris.

Sam Cobbett
Clive Dunn
Priscilla Morgan
Edward Hardwicke
George Tovey
Jon Laurimore
Peter Mayock
Keith Chegwin