BBC2 Playhouse: Season 7, Episode 5

Grown-Ups (28 Nov. 1980)

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Dick and Mandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house in Canterbury, and find Mr. Butcher, one of their former teachers, living next door. Mandy's unmarried sister, Gloria... See full summary »



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Christine Butcher
Ralph Butcher


Dick and Mandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house in Canterbury, and find Mr. Butcher, one of their former teachers, living next door. Mandy's unmarried sister, Gloria, is constantly dropping in, and will not take any hints that the couple would prefer to be left alone, until her presence finally goads them to action. Written by Will Gilbert

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A very important play
19 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I recorded this play on video when it was first shown on BBC2. When I watched it I was completely hooked, but what amazed me was the effect it had on my children who were aged 10, 8 and 7 when they saw it. None of us has ever forgotten it and I only recently found out that my youngest son, the 7 year old, watched it so often he knew it word for word all the way through. It's so difficult to pin down the reason for its fascination but it has much to do with the acting ability of the performers, turning an ordinary working class family punch-up into something so watchable. When we saw it we were living in a house on a council estate so we could relate to the content (although our neighbours were much, much worse!). However, our family didn't have such complex relationships so maybe it opened my children's minds - and the ending was happy. I tried very hard to get this on DVD but failed - one source told me that it has something to do with copyright held in the USA (why?). Such a shame as it should be seen more often even now, I can't understand why action isn't taken to get this back on our screens. I'm the lucky one! I still have the recording and still have a working video player!!! I watched it again last year and STILL love it. Phil Davis will forever be 'Dick' to my family and we'll never forget the scene on the stairs! We still quote lines to each other from the play, such as 'get out and milk it!' and 'handy Mandy'. No other play or film has affected all of us in the same way.

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