1 9 8 6 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This dire but mercifully short-lived sitcom from Thames Television was set in Manchester and revolved around Les Brooks (Sam Kelly, best-known from ‘Allo ‘Allo), a middle-aged man who is made redundant with a £2,000 payout after 11 years’ service.
Not wanting to join the dole queue, Les came up with a series of money-making schemes, every one of which ended up a failure. When he tries to start a scrap metal business with his old work pal – a man he’d shared sandwiches with, no less – he gets let down again.
His helpful and understanding wife Maureen (Marcia Warren) had to take a job as a barmaid to make enough money to keep the family going while Les was busy trying to better himself.
Old Mr Brooks
Not Me, Pal | You Know Who Your Friends Are | What’s In a Gnome? | Business Wallah | Gone But Not Forgotten | It Comes to Us All