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Release Date:
15 August 1968 (UK) See more »
On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 21)
Hylda Baker ... Nellie Pledge (45 episodes, 1968-1973)

Jimmy Jewel ... Eli Pledge (45 episodes, 1968-1973)

Joe Gladwin ... Stan Hardman (45 episodes, 1968-1973)
Madge Hindle ... Lily Tattersall (44 episodes, 1968-1973)
Edward Malin ... Walter Tattersall (44 episodes, 1968-1973)
Freddie Rayner ... Grenville (24 episodes, 1969-1973)

Series Directed by
Bill Podmore (34 episodes, 1969-1973)
June Howson (11 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Writing credits
Roy Bottomley (19 episodes, 1968-1973)
Tom Brennand (19 episodes, 1968-1973)
John Stevenson (19 episodes, 1969-1973)
Harry Driver (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Vince Powell (13 episodes, 1968-1969)

Series Produced by
Bill Podmore .... producer (27 episodes, 1970-1973)
Peter Eckersley .... producer (18 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Original Music by
Derek Hilton (11 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Production Design by
Eric Deakins (38 episodes, 1969-1973)
Denis Parkin (3 episodes, 1968)
Alan Wright (2 episodes, 1968)
Series Art Department
Graham Adshead .... graphics / graphic designer (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Sound Department
Frank H. Griffiths .... film sound (1 episode, 1972)

Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Goode .... film cameraman (1 episode, 1972)
Series Editorial Department
Fred Massey .... film editor (1 episode, 1972)
Series Other crew
Lew Schwarz .... script editor (14 episodes, 1970-1972)
John Stevenson .... script editor (2 episodes, 1970)

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Additional Details

30 min (45 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
[to Nellie Pledge - repeated line]
Eli Pledge:You knock-kneed knackered old nose-bag!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in All Star Comedy Carnival (1972) (TV)See more »


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Vaudeville on TV, 12 September 2017
Author: Alanjackd from United Kingdom

Never caught this when 1st I was about 8 and was more interested in pop music like Bay City rollers and stuff...but now I've recaptured the moment on box set DVD.

This has to be the funniest sitcom bar none. Absolute comedy gold from start to finish.

These are the days when you could just forget pc rubbish and just laugh and laugh again...I bet the laugh quota per minute is up there with the best of them.

Why ...when we hear about the "TOP" comedies are we always reminded of Fawlty Towers ans OFAH ?? This is pure and unadulterated perfection .

Hylda Baker just lets herself go and Jimmy Jewel is in on the gag. I'ts interesting to see the non speaking part of Walter is handed on to Gilbert in the sequel called "Not On Your Nellie"!

This is pure vaudeville at it's best ..If you don't like it then you're mad!!

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