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It is amazing that Father Dear Father languishes in such obscurity, despite running for seven series, plus a spin-off movie, as well as an Australian series.
It boasts a host of prominent British actors in leading roles and cameos, the scripts are consistently well written and funny, and to a modern audience there's an extra edge of vintage charm.
Yet it seems that hardly anyone has heard of this comedy. It never makes "Best British Comedy" lists and never gets a mention in the context of other comedies of that time. Very strange and sad.
As others mention, it features divorced crime writer Patrick Glover trying to raise his teenage daughters in late 1960s/early 1970s Britain. The household includes the wonderfully traditional and unworldly Nanny, frequent appearances by various relatives: Patrick's absent-minded mother, his rogue of a brother (a suave Donald Sinden), his ex-wife and her often hot-headed new husband.
Throw in English vicars, comedy American movie producers, sexy literary agents, amorous widows and various suitors of the daughters (notably a young Richard O'Sullivan and Rodney Bewes) and you are in for an absolutely classic treat.
It's hard to recommend this highly enough. If you're a fan of classic British comedy, from Carry On films to Fawlty Towers, this one really deserves your notice.
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