Bread (1986–1991)

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Series cast summary:
Jean Boht ...
 Nellie Boswell (74 episodes, 1986-1991)
Nick Conway ...
 Billy Boswell (74 episodes, 1986-1991)
Jonathon Morris ...
 Adrian Boswell (74 episodes, 1986-1991)
Kenneth Waller ...
 Grandad (74 episodes, 1986-1991)
Ronald Forfar ...
 Freddie Boswell / ... (62 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Jack Boswell (61 episodes, 1986-1991)
Giles Watling ...
 Oswald (49 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Shifty Boswell (49 episodes, 1988-1991)
Eileen Pollock ...
 Lilo Lill (43 episodes, 1987-1991)
Hilary Crowson ...
 Julie (41 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Joey Boswell (39 episodes, 1986-1988)
Gilly Coman ...
 Aveline Boswell (39 episodes, 1986-1988)
Pamela Power ...
 Martina / ... (37 episodes, 1986-1991)
Graham Bickley ...
 Joey Boswell (35 episodes, 1989-1991)
...
 Aveline Boswell (35 episodes, 1989-1991)
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The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs. Family life for the Boswells centres around their God-fearing Catholic mother, Nellie. With her husband having left her for "a tart", she relies upon her eldest son, Joey, to play the father's role to her other three sons, Jack, Adrian and Billy, and her daughter Aveline. Their ability to squeeze the DHSS dry, while the boys earn a living on the side, is legendary. But, although the family is the focus of their lives, they each have different reasons to be unhappy!

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Nellie Boswell's maiden name was Duvall See more »

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Jack Boswell: It's funny how we're always running away from women. It's like those poor male spiders in the jungle. You want to but you don't know whether or not she'll eat you afterwards.
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Featured in Comedy Classics of the 80's (1991) See more »

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Written by David Mackay and Carla Lane
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Want a few easy laughs? Patronise the working class
14 May 2004 | by (Scarborough, England) – See all my reviews

It's so easy to survive poverty and economic depression. All you need is the wit and the nerve to outsmart Government bureaucracy. Then you can have a decent home with plenty of food on the table, you can even run a classic Jaguar!

At a time when Margaret Thatcher and her thugs were destroying UK manufacturing industry and throwing whole communities on the scrap heap of unemployment, 'Bread' came along to show working class people were lovable scallywags who could rake in pots of money from the Department of Social Security by running rings around the rules.

I can only assume no-one associated with this condescending garbage has ever been faced with actually trying to prove they are "genuinely seeking work" (which required a file of rejection letters as thick as a telephone directory) or making their remaining £5 (or $8) last until they are allowed more social security.

The alternative was to get a job as a 'security guard' being paid £1.95 (or $3.40) an hour. Oh, and you had to provide your own dog.

If you want to know what working class life was like in Liverpool in the 80's, watch 'Boys from the Blackstuff', not this rubbish.


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