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Home To Roost

1 9 8 5 – 1 9 9 0 (UK)
29 x 50 minute episodes

Divorced office worker Henry Willows (ex-Sweeney hard man, John Thaw) is content in his uneventful life, one of his few domestic contacts being Enid (Mrs Thompson), who comes in to clean for him.

However, his ordered existence is shattered when his seventeen-year-old son Matthew arrives on his Grand Avenue doorstep, having previously lived with Henry’s ex-wife.

Matthew claims that he was fed up at his mother’s house and was keen to see his father again. A call to the ex-wife uncovers another story. Matthew was thrown out and told to move in with his father. Henry is about to find out why.

Father and son are so alike that they bicker constantly.


The Yorkshire Television series was remade by NBC in the US as You Again? with Jack Klugman playing Henry Willows, John Stamos as Matthew, and Elizabeth Bennett playing the same role (Enid) in both productions simultaneously.

Thaw’s real-life wife Sheila Hancock appeared in one episode of Home To Roost as Henry’s ex-wife, Sue – the only time the character was ever seen.

Henry Willows
John Thaw
Matthew Willows
Reece Dinsdale
Mrs Enid Thompson
Elizabeth Bennett