1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 3 (UK)
1 x 60 minute episode
25 x 50 minute episodes
This Croft and Perry spoof of Upstairs Downstairs was set in the Edwardian London household of the nice but dim Lord Meldrum. The servants were led by the swindling Alf Stokes (Paul Shane from Hi-De-Hi).
The series was effective enough to last for five years – but then so was the plague.
It was disconcerting, to say the least, that half the cast seemed to still be in role from previous Croft and Perry sitcoms (Donald Hewlett’s Meldrum was his It Ain’t Half Hot Mum Colonel Reynolds in mufti) and most of the jokes were conspicuous by their absence.
There was, though, a narrative surprise at the last when the Meldrum family became impoverished – their Union Jack Rubber plantation was eaten by beetles – and were obliged to sell up.
Lord George Meldrum
Hon. Teddy Meldrum
Lady Lavender Meldrum
Sir Ralph Shawcross
Lady Agatha Shawcross