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7 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived Thames Television comedy series was set at the struggling Murray, Maine and Spender advertising agency (they had no phone, no electricity and only one account) where Nancy Gray (Leslie Ash) was the new secretary.
Despite being ditzy and ill-educated, cockney Nancy proved to be the lifeline the agency needed. She was so average that she supplied exactly the answers they would have got from expensive research among thousands of housewives.
Of course, her bosses exploited her ability to the full and went out of their way to ensure she stayed “ordinary”.
The difficulty was that Nancy quickly realised how important she had become to the firm, and that was a threat to her ordinary outlook.
The Happy Apple helped advance the career of Leslie Ash but failed to win over the viewers and is frequently included in “worst sitcom” lists.
The series was based on a stage play from the early 1970s where the character of Nancy was originally played by Pauline Collins. It was adapted for television by Keith Waterhouse.
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