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On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful ... See full summary »
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 Stan Hardman 45 episodes, 1968-1973
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 Lily Tattersall 44 episodes, 1968-1973
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 Walter Tattersall 44 episodes, 1968-1973
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On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert Taylor and Grenville. Transport is provided by Storm the cart horse. Never far away are second cousin Lily and her husband Walter. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes and young women. Written by lovenorwegians

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In November 1969 Hylda Baker released a vocal version of Derek Hilton's instrumental theme tune (Columbia DB 8644), backed by Geoff Love and his orchestra. See more »

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[to Nellie Pledge - repeated line]
Eli Pledge: You knock-kneed knackered old nose-bag!
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Remade as Thicker Than Water (1973) See more »

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Classic British Comedy of its time.....and I must get a little hand out on this watch!
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Almost 50 years on I realise how much of an impression this show had on me, as I still paraphrase Nellie Pledge and her malaproprisms.

It's humour from a simpler time, full of non pc stuff, double meanings and very typical northern humour.

Not everybody's cup of tea, but I can watch now and still cry with laughter.

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