John Lacey comes home one evening to discover a letter from his wife (starting with "Dear John" - hence the title) telling him that she is leaving him. Lonely and now divorced, the series ... See full summary »
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 John Lacey (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter Blake ...
 Kirk (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter Denyer ...
 Ralph (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Rachel Bell ...
 Louise (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Belinda Lang ...
 Kate (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Lucinda Curtis ...
 Sylvia (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jean Challis ...
 Mrs. Arnott (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Irene Prador ...
 Mrs. Lemenski (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
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John Lacey comes home one evening to discover a letter from his wife (starting with "Dear John" - hence the title) telling him that she is leaving him. Lonely and now divorced, the series tells of his adventures as John joins a divorcee club (where lonely divorced people can meet) and meets the strange members within... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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As the opening titles showed, the group's newspaper ad ran: "Divorced/separated? Come and join us! 1-2-1 Club. Encounter group. Phone 01-567 0192". See more »

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Kirk: What's plankton?
Ralph: It's the planet where Superman was born.
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Remade as Dear John (1988) See more »

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Brilliant yet Underrated British Comedy
9 July 2004 | by (LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite comedies of all time. It's nearly as good as 'Only Fools And Horses'(1981)...but not quite :-) OFAH was also written by Londoner John Sullivan. 'Dear John' is a very laid back comedy centering around divorcee John Lacey (Ralph Bates), a school teacher who joins the 1-2-1 club for divorced and separated people. There's some great characters such as macho man Kirk St.Moritz, Kate, Mrs. Arnott and the unforgettable Ralph Dring (played excellently by Peter Denyer). The club is run by the posh and snooty Louise Williams..."Were there any sexual problems?" The sitcom revolved around different people's experiences and problems being talked about at the club and the funny things that happen in life. It's a lovely sitcom and if you can get the video it's money well spent for good, clean British humour. **** out of *****


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