1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 2 (UK)
19 x 30 minute episodes
Particularly popular among pensioners, for obvious reasons, Young At Heart depicted the humorous side of retirement.
The sitcom was essentially a two-hander for a pair of very familiar faces: Sir John Mills, 72 at the time the series began, and Megs Jenkins.
Albert Collyer (Mills) is a strongly principled man forced to retire, much against his wishes, from a job he has held for 50 years, man and boy, at a pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent (where the series is set). He is 65, and the law’s the law – he has to quit work.
Albert looks forward to a marvellous future but can’t quite reach out and grab it; he’s active but doesn’t have an interest to pursue beyond football, the pub, the neighbours Barbara and Norman, and occasional sightings of his grandchildren.
He’s a penny-pincher, moaning about the inadequacies of his pension; he mopes about in his flat cap, smoking his pipe and getting under the feet of his wife Ethel (Jenkins).
The series was written by Vince Powell.