1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 3 (UK)
12 x 50 minute episodes
A rare BBC excursion into feminist drama. focusing on a women-only minicab firm in Dalston, London.
Head of the firm was disillusioned, fortysomething, ex-army officer, Patrice Jenner (Jill Baker) who was trying to juggle the demands of her rebellious teenager, her lover and setting the business up.
Her human-flotsam crew included an ex-teacher (Louise Jameson from Doctor Who); pushy Australian freelance journalist Dale (Erica Grant) who was driving in her spare time; Raquel (Suzan Sylvester) who was Turkish and fighting family pressure to conform and get married; and Aileen (Lynda Steadman), an Irish hard-nut who suspected her boyfriend of abusing her daughter and got involved in giving a ride to a child abductor.
Meanwhile, the ladies were facing harassment from a rival (male) minicab business down the road in Hackney.
Underneath the heavy-handed pushes of the viewers’ nose into women’s troubles and society’s difficulties, was an appealing Carla Lane-esque humour and warmth.
The series was dreamed up by actress/writer/director Carole Hayman. A real North London all-woman minicab firm called Ladycabs acted as series consultant on the production.