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Hylda Baker ...
 Nellie Pickersgill (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
Leo Dolan ...
 Charlie (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
Roger Howlett ...
 Gilbert (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
David Rayner ...
 George (14 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Barrett ...
 Jed Pickersgill (13 episodes, 1974-1975)
Alexandra Dane ...
 Beryl (7 episodes, 1974)
Ashiq ...
 Ali (7 episodes, 1974)
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John Barrett had previously played Hylda Baker's father in the TV series (and film) Nearest and Dearest (1968) - but dies at the start of both. See more »

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This phone wire's too long - I must ring the Post Office and get them to pull it in a bit at their end!
9 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Hylda Baker, and this is really her show - the other characters orbit her like errant moons around a tiny but immensely powerful sun. Her malaprop-entendre wit is as honed as ever, but during this series she demonstrates a level of energy and athletic prowess that is quite stunning. She was 69 years old when this series started, and in those days old meant 54 years old, arthritis and sclerosis and labyrinth organ disorders had usually reared their ugly heads - yet she moves like someone half her age, and seems to be game for anything! There are problems, of course.... some of the scripts are rehashed from Baker's previous series ("Nearest And Dearest") and are in one or two cases identical to episodes of that show, it's become a politically-incorrect artifact that makes its longevity difficult to determine, the third series started well but degenerated into a farcical mess when Baker broke her leg and the remaining episodes were made without her..... but it's something I love to watch. Hylda Baker is a comedy powerhouse.


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