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

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Joey Boswell: Who knows? The magic all might dry up. The universe might be short of Boswells. At least he'll rectify the situation.
Billy Boswell: So what am I, then? The family stud?
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Featured in British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves (2016) See more »

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Home
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Written by David Mackay and Carla Lane
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This Bread soon went crusty and stale
7 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

A sitcom from my childhood that my mother absolutely loved, as did most of my schoolfriends, but as a twelve-year-old fan of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, I couldn't for the life of me understand what all the fuss was about. The show revolved around a supposedly penniless Liverpudlian family, all of whom had their own annoying and oft-repeated catchphrases, and to this day I can't believe how much the audience used to roar with laughter at "She is a tart!" and "All the colours of the rainbow, son". Written by Carla Lane, famous for being paid large sums of money for making nobody laugh (see also BUTTERFLIES and THE LIVER BIRDS), and featuring audience-grabbing but embarrassing cameos from the likes of Paul and Linda McCartney whilst shamelessly playing on every chirpy Scouser stereotype in the book - hey, we're all natural comedians, poets and lovable rogues, don't you know! - this series was a nightmare from start to finish and dragged on far too long. Carla Lane somewhat unrealistically blamed the show's declining popularity on "disloyal ratbag fans" rather than her own tissue-thin scripts and the atrocious, stilted performances from all concerned.


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