Keep It in the Family (1980–1983)

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Dudley Rush is an artist with a difference! Eccentric and childlike, he insists, among other things, on wearing his large-sized lion ventriloquist glove puppet on his hand whenever he draws... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Robert Gillespie ...
 Dudley Rush (31 episodes, 1980-1983)
Stacy Dorning ...
 Susan Rush (31 episodes, 1980-1983)
Glyn Houston ...
 Duncan Thomas (27 episodes, 1980-1983)
Pauline Yates ...
 Muriel Rush (25 episodes, 1980-1982)
Sabina Franklyn ...
 Jacqui Rush (18 episodes, 1981-1983)
 Jacqui Rush (13 episodes, 1980)


Dudley Rush is an artist with a difference! Eccentric and childlike, he insists, among other things, on wearing his large-sized lion ventriloquist glove puppet on his hand whenever he draws the comic strip "Barney, The Bionic Bulldog". As Dudley is not at all happy with having to spend what he considers valuable time working, he is always procrastinating, with this often leading to his being late in meeting the 'dead-line' for the comic strip - to the continuing frustration of his long-suffering agent, Duncan Thomas (who often falls victim to Dudley's practical jokes). Duncan frequently visits the Rush family home to collect Dudley's latest drawings, and, as it is quite obvious that he is strongly attracted to Dudley's attractive wife Muriel, this often leads to bouts of excessive jealousy on Dudley's part. As Duncan also delightedly consumes an excessive number of Muriel's delicious cakes whenever he visits the Rush family home, this is an added source of annoyance for Dudley. With ... Written by David McAnally <>

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Comedy | Family





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7 January 1980 (UK)  »

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Brian Cooke, who had once been a cartoonist, based the series partly on his own life and partly on the lifestyle of his director friend Mark Stuart, who had a tall, thin house in Highgate and had converted the ground floor into a self contained flat for his daughter. See more »


Remade as Niemand de deur uit (1992) See more »

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Life with the Rushs
2 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite comedy series of all time, featuring some great scripts and superb acting from all the leads. It possesses some admirably off-beat qualities which help to raise it above the average domestic sitcom, and is complemented by a memorable theme tune. All of the regular characters are skillfully crafted and likable. Their world is steadfastly anchored in the early 1980s and time's winged chariot has passed them by, but the love and harmony so evident within the Rush family is something we can all admire. There are some interesting supporting characters, and the guest cast boasts many fine actors and actresses. No doubt some of the jokes would not make it into the sitcoms of today, but one must bear in mind that what is politically incorrect now has not always been so. This delightful series richly deserves a DVD release and I hope it will not be too long coming.

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