1 9 9 2 (UK)
6 x 50 minute episodes
Reuniting many of the same cast members as the previous year’s Gone To The Dogs (but in different roles), this six-part comedy-drama series from Central Television premiered on Friday 13 November 1992.
Mag Plant (Sheila Hancock) is a domineering mother who owns a run-down garden centre on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London’s Docklands but refuses to hand over control of the flagging 150-year-old business to her children – despite indications that this may be the best course of action for the family.
The Plant triplets are Winston (Warren Clarke), a one-eyed part-time wrestler and out-of-work builder; would-be Country & Western crooner Monty (Jim Broadbent); and Hilda (Alison Steadman), a frumpy, 42-year-old virginal wallflower whose only passion in life appears to be Millwall FC.
Lurking in the shadows is villainous local property developer – and Mag’s old flame – Wesley Willis (Peter Cook), who knows the true real estate value of Mag’s prime location in London and has his eye on the garden centre as the site for a new heliport.
He schemes with his handsome stepson Billy (Rufus Sewell) to get his hands on the property.