1 9 8 6 – 1 9 9 0 (UK)
32 x 30 minute episodes
This ITV vehicle for Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst – promoted as “a gentle comedy” – was tired, slow-paced, poorly scripted and terminally unfunny. Yet it ran for 32 episodes between 1986 and 1990.
Modern young professional couple Ashley (Lyndhurst) and Elaine (Janet Dibley) were “living in sin” – much to the disapproval of Ashley’s parents.
Ashley was keen to make their relationship “legal” but Elaine had a less conventional attitude to life and saw nothing wrong with their existing arrangement.
Patrick Troughton played Ashley’s grandfather until the former Doctor Who actor suffered a fatal heart attack in March 1987. Tenniel Evans then took over the role.
Patrick Troughton (1)
Tenniel Evans (2)