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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En familia  »

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Every episode was recorded in Studio One at Teddington Studios. See more »


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

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A forgotten gem
15 June 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Although we only saw the first few seasons of this very funny series here in the Netherlands, I'm sure the rest was as nice to watch as well. After all those years I vividly remember those crazy situations caused by another desperate attempt by Robert Gillespie to stretch the deadline for his cartoon. The one with the answering machine is just great. I really do not understand why we saw this series only once, while other comedies almost are burned in in my TV screen. When I see the ratings here, I'm not the only one who loves this comedy. Why isn't there a complete DVD box available? Subtitled please! The same goes for 'Never the Twain' by the way.

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