1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 7 (UK)
43 x 30 minute episodes
When Arthur and Beryl Crabtree marry off their daughter Lorraine, they are finally free of children (their three other offspring having already flown the coop).
But their blissful liberty is short-lived because, almost immediately, financial and other crises force Nigel, Tracy and Paul to move back home. Soon afterwards, Lorraine has marital problems and she too returns.
Her dolt of a husband, Raymond – desperate to patch things up – then becomes a regular visitor, as do the Crabtrees’ neighbours Vera and Trevor Botting.
Soon, every last scrap of peace and tranquillity vanish from Arthur and Beryl’s lives.
Their offspring interfere constantly and the house degenerates into chaos, with unsuitable suitors calling around, and marital unrest, unemployment, dubious behaviour and indolence being par for the course.
A steady if unspectacular series from the BBC, No Place Like Home starred future Men Behaving Badly star Martin Clunes as Nigel.
The actor Stephen Watson, who played Paul, died aged 24, whilst on his honeymoon in Spain, just before the fourth series was screened, but after most of the episodes had been recorded.
Martin Clunes (1)
Andrew Charleson (2)
Vera Botting (1)
Marcia Warren (1)
Ann Penfold (2)