1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 7 (UK)
20 x 25 minute episodes
This slapstick children’s comedy from the BBC featured a seafaring family of pirates who swap yo-ho-ho and pillaging for a spot of landlubbering in a suburban cul-de-sac, keelhauling the local community in their unsuccessful efforts to conform.
Paul Bown starred as Roger Bones, a bearded buccaneer who decides it’s about time the family dropped anchor. So they leave the Spanish main and end up in Wordsworth Close, Little-Wheedling-in-the-Vale.
Liz Smith starred as his pistol-packing mother-in-law, Gran (Abigail Blood) and Hayley Elliott as his tomboy daughter Lambkin. Buffy Davis played Roger’s estranged wife, Molly Blood.
Co-stars included June Brown, Andrew Sachs and Charlotte Coleman. Other characters included a foul-mouthed macaw called Pustule, a green baby who brandished a pair of flintlocks and the Bones’ mysterious retainer, Man-in-the-Sack (Toby Sedgwick initially, and then Paul Filipiak).
Gran (Abigail Blood)
Mrs Mildred Jones
June Brown (1)
Jillie Meers (2)
Toby Sedgwick (1)
Paul Filipiak (2)