1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 2 (UK)
19 x 30 minute episodes
Brian Webber (Peter Davison) lives in a grotty bedsit at the least-fashionable end of Portobello Road and is trying hard to make his way in the world – so far with limited success.
His girlfriend, Sonia (Sara Corper) is a serious-minded faddy feminist who is “sort of” passionate about things like vegetarianism and ecology. Her ideals inevitably take a weekly trampling.
When Brian’s younger brother Steve (Robert Glenister) arrives in London looking for somewhere to stay, his lazy, cynical, noisy “Northern lout” attitude disrupts Brian’s already messy life.
The brothers buy a leaky and decidedly un-canal-worthy narrowboat and struggle to make it habitable.
Brian eventually moves with Sonia to Newcastle to read computer science at university but Steve goes too (with his canary) and gets a job as a maintenance worker at the university.
This BBC comedy series – written by Alex Shearer – ran for three series on Thursday nights at 8.30 pm. The bickering brothers were reminiscent of the old Likely Lads.
In the Beginning | Steve’s Girlfriend | Croydon | The Turkey | The Car | The Boat | The Interviewer || Tourists | The Commune | The Folk Club | The Marrying | Ecology | University or What? || In the Pursuit of Learning | Nothing But Trouble | A Sporting Chance | A Slight Hankering | Making Amends | A New Departure