1 9 7 9 (UK)
10 x 50 minute episodes
Depending on your point of view, Telford’s Change was either a serial about the menopausal mid-life muddle of a moping bank manager or a ten-week campaign to prove that bankers aren’t as boring as we thought.
Either way, Peter Barkworth had a hit on his hands.
High-achieving bank manager Mark Telford decided to downshift to a provincial manager’s job, but his London-loving wife, Sylvia (Hannah Gordon) – with her sights on a showbiz career – refused to go. Episodes subsequently followed the resultant strain on their marriage.
The very provincialism of the series gave it an air of believability, enforced by Peter Barkworth’s just-so performance as Telford.
Middle-class ladies revelled in it and Mary Whitehouse found it “very sexy” but (and this must be a record) “liked it”.