1 9 9 1 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes
Single mother Julia Merrygrove (Patricia Hodge) and widower and biscuit manufacturer George Rudge (Dennis Quilley) meet in mildly abrasive confrontations at a petrol pump, a restaurant and a supermarket.
They start dating and get as far as their first squabble before finding out that he employes her, one of his old mates is her ex-husband, and that she is standing in a council by-election for Labour while he is a Tory councillor of 12 years standing.
The Rudge household includes a sex-mad grandfather (Lionel Jeffries), one daughter addicted to good times and one devoted to good works, and a son dedicated to football.
The Merrygrove household has a snooker-mad grandmother (Jean Alexander – Hilda Ogden of Coronation Street fame), a son with a built-in Walkman and a born-again daughter who keeps asking God to forgive her mother.
Julia’s family think she needs a man to improve her temper, and George’s family is convinced he needs a woman to improve the cooking.
Sex & Snooker | Poppadoms & Peeping Toms | Socks & Self-Denial | Vegetable Samosas & Virgins | Sinners & Sea Bass | Waiters & Whoopee Cushions