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 ... See full summary »

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Jean Boht ...
Nick Conway ...
Jonathon Morris ...
Kenneth Waller ...
Ronald Forfar ...
 Freddie Boswell / ... 62 episodes, 1986-1990
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Giles Watling ...
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 Shifty Boswell 49 episodes, 1988-1991
Eileen Pollock ...
Hilary Crowson ...
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Gilly Coman ...
Pamela Power ...
Graham Bickley ...
 Joey Boswell 35 episodes, 1989-1991
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 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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Peter Howitt left in the 1988 Christmas Special and was replaced by Graham Bickley and Gilly Coman also left in the 1988 Christmas Special and was replaced by Melanie Hill. Victor McGuire had taken a break from the show and it was written into Series 4 that his character Jack had gone off to visit America. See more »

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Lilo Lil: Look, we're both women. We have handbags, and ovaries. We're as devious and clever as a gifted monkey, and here we are fighting over a little man with a yellow cart.
Nellie Boswell: Is that how you see him?
Lilo Lil: No. I thought that's how you might see him.
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Home
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Written by David Mackay and Carla Lane
Performed by The Cast
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One of the Greatest British Sitcoms
31 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I love this show! I used to watch this when my family was stationed in England and it became a favorite for my whole family. The mother was one of the best; loud, dominant, and acid tongued. She keeps her five children at home with her, as her husband continues coming back and forth between his family and his Irish mistress. Some of the best scenes are between the mother (Nelly Boswell) and the mistress (Lillian, but known as Li Lo Lil or Tart). Joey was a hottie with his bleach blond hair and black leather clothing. Aveline was the cute, but bumbling model. Jack was the shy, overweight antiques dealer. Adrian was the sexually repressed poet. And Billy, the youngest, was a daddy at 16. This comedy was great when its original cast was present, but once the actors playing Joey and Aveline left, it lost its humor. I'll always remember Bread for Nelly standing on her doorstop screaming," SHE IS A TART!" and then crossing herself before she returns to her chaotic family. A British Married With Children, but funnier. If you see this show, watch it!


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