1 9 8 2 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes
This comedy series from Yorkshire Television told the story of a crazy marriage-go-round.
18-years ago, George Hutchenson (Derek Nimmo) married Beth (former Liver Birds star Nerys Hughes) and they had two children. Divorce followed after 11 years.
George then married Millie (Angela Douglas) and Beth married Bruce (Clifford Earl). Neither marriage worked and now George and Beth are planning to wed again.
There are complications when their “intermediate” marriage partners – who have also remarried – put in appearances from time to time.
In addition, George – who has been living abroad for some years – doesn’t find it easy suddenly having to cope with two lively and trendy adolescent daughters, besides trying to avoid the pitfalls with Beth which led to the break-up of their first marriage.
The easygoing disorganised lifestyle of Beth and her daughters, Clare (Debbie Farrington) and Jenny (Lorraine Brunning), contrasts sharply with George’s somewhat old-fashioned methodical and well-ordered approach.
And he faces yet another headache when the electronics firm for which he works is taken over by the Japanese and his boss rules that all employees must adopt their modus operandi!
Wooing his ex-wife for the second time George Hutchenson asks “How can we ever have been so stupid as to get divorced?”
“Well, it seemed a good idea at the time” Beth replies, “I kept crying and you kept sulking – or was it the other way round?”
George and Beth face daunting problems before they make that trip to the register office, though.
For one thing, they have to break the news to their teenage daughters who have grown up quite a lot while their father has been working in his firm’s Hong Kong office for the past couple of years, and his boss complicates the issue by refusing to let him have time off in the immediate future to get married again.