1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 3 (UK)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Irrepressible 41-year-old Annie Briggs (Diane Bull) – who prefers to be called “Annabel” but rarely is, and was once known as “the Jackie Onassis of Bethnal Green” – had been a good-time girl of the Swinging Sixties – seen in trendy nightclubs escorted by a succession of pop stars, footballers and playboys.
Various men paid the rent and the school fees for her illegitimate daughter Tiffany (Alison Lomas) – by a fashion photographer called Justin (George Irving).
Then she married a millionaire businessman called Boris, who provided a mock Tudor home in the stockbroker belt, complete with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and silver Mercedes sports car.
When he died suddenly, Annie (whose favourite word was “phenomenal!”) was left penniless and forced to move back in with her working-class Mum, Kitty (Vilma Hollingbery) and dad, George (John Cater) and twin sister, Sylvie (Heather Tobias), on their “Colonel Sanders Starter-Kit” chicken farm.
After her life of luxury, this came as something of a jolt.