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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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Billy Boswell is the show's least popular character. See more »

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Joey Boswell: Adrian, we've got one phone. Now, the other three are personal connections, brought about by the fact that Jack has a lot of friends in British Telecom. And I happen to be very good with wires.
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Featured in Comedy Classics of the 80's (1991) See more »

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Okay But Dragged On For Too Long
22 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

In it's heydey Bread was a decent comedy about the Boswell family-a Catholic family living in Liverpool. Nellie Boswell held the largely unemployed family together during the series as they got up to all sorts.

Living down the road from the Boswells was Granddad who was an irascible old man who kept bothering them every five minutes. He added to the humour.

The only problem was that Bread ran longer than it should have. A lot of comedy shows outstay their welcome and Bread was one of them. It ran until the early 1990's but by that time most people-including myself-were fed up with it. Comedy shows should only have a limited run and Bread chose to go on for longer than it should have.

But in all fairness, the early episodes were very funny and do deserve a look.


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