1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 3 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Mulberry (Karl Howman) is the cheerful Cockney son of Death and Springtime. Working as an apprentice to his father, the Grim Reaper, he is sent to “collect” Miss Farnaby (Geraldine McEwan), an elderly reclusive spinster who terrorises her staff, Bert (Tony Selby) and Alice (Lill Roughley initially and then Mary Healey).
Instead, he joins the staff in her creaky manor house, becomes her handyman, and endeavours to help her enjoy life during the three-month extension grudgingly granted by his dad.
Mulberry enters her in a village trivia contest and a painting competition, takes her on a date and arranges for her to get closer to Bert and Alice.
A third series was planned but was cancelled before production began. As a result, the story never reached a conclusion.
The BBC series was written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey. Exterior shots for the Farnaby estate were filmed at High Hall, a 17th-century manor-house near Wimborne in Dorset.
Miss Rose Farnaby
Albert “Bert” Finch
Lill Roughley (1)
Mary Healey (2)
Arrival | Fireworks | The Quiz | The Holiday | The Dinner Party | Leaving || Springtime | The Accident | The Matchmaker | The Art Class | A Mysterious Guest | A Musical Evening | An Unexpected Visit