1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 3 (UK)
20 x 30 minute episodes
Barty Wade (Dinsdale Landen) was a bespectacled, middle-aged dotty ditherer with an attractive wife, Susan (Joanna Van Gyseghem). He also had a flighty (and equally attractive) mistress, Nellie (Liza Goddard).
For three seasons Barty dithered and dallied from woman to woman, refusing to make up his mind one way or the other, until finally, viewers gave up caring.
Writer Terence Brady himself played the part of Barty after the first season. He was also offered a four-year deal to play the role in an American version of the show for ABC Television but he said “no”, giving his reasons as a dislike of flying and the fact that he wasn’t crazy about America.
Dinsdale Landen (1)
Terence Brady (2)
Joanna Van Gyseghem
If Food Be the Music of Love, Play On | Something of Interest | To Have and Have Not | Then Loudly Sing Cuckoo | There’s a Small Hotel | Some to Take Their Ease or Sleep an Act or Two | A Man’s Joy . . . and All His Confusion | Why Don’t You Move in with Me? | Alone . . . at Last | Too Clothed for Comfort | Ships That Pass in the Night, Stopping | But Soft: We Are Observed | Oh What a Tangled Web | The Native Hue of Resolution | Breaking Out and Breaking In | And So . . . to Bed | The Faint Aroma of Performing Seals | Wee Bit Ingles, Blinking Not So Bonnily | Getting to Know You, Getting to Change All About You | Send Not to Know for Whom the Bell Tolls