Popular British sitcom about a middle-aged, suburban couple, William and Hester Field. Hester is suffering 'empty-nest syndrome' after their two children have grown-up so she keeps trying to find new hobbies and interests.
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 Hester / ... (27 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 William / ... (27 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ann Beach ...
 Sonia / ... (26 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Nancy / ... (26 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Emma (13 episodes, 1984-1986)
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Popular British sitcom about a middle-aged, suburban couple, William and Hester Field. Hester is suffering 'empty-nest syndrome' after their two children have grown-up so she keeps trying to find new hobbies and interests.

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7 March 1984 (UK)  »

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Como en los viejos tiempos  »

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Hester and William celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary twice: while they still live in London William surprises Hester with a trip to Paris on the Orient Express; a few years later, after they have moved to France, William throws a surprise party to celebrate yet another silver wedding. See more »

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Featured in 40 Years of Laughter: The Sitcoms (1995) See more »

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Pick Yourself Up
(Main Theme)
Written by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields
Performed by Yehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli
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An Awful Title but a Quality Show!
3 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anton Rodgers is better known to me for his role on the other British comedy, "May to December." On this show, he plays alongside the amazing Julia McKenzie, a well known British musical actress. The pairing of them as a couple with an empty nest syndrome. Rodgers plays William, the beloved husband to Hester played very well by Julia McKenzie. The other cast members include Hester's mother who lives just across the driveway and her friend Sonia played by Ann Beach. Anyway, I only caught glimpses of this show the first time around but NJN has brought Fresh Fields which is also the name of a supermarket chain and a legal firm on Fleet Street in London, England. With the kids grown and gone, Hester is left to fend for herself and keeps busy by jogging, joining the local community center and pottery classes, and cooking French food. Anyway, I recommend Fresh Fields because it is a well done show for mature audiences who love British comedy. Somebody compared Julia to Lucille Ball and I couldn't agree more. She has a wonderful singing voice as well and a good comedic voice too.


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