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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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)
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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's full name is William Thomas Boswell. See more »

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Adrian Boswell: [comes downstairs in a flowered shirt] It's my new image.
Jack Boswell: You look like a hanging basket.
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Featured in 50 Greatest Families (2008) See more »

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Home
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Okay But Dragged On For Too Long
22 September 2002 | by (England) – 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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