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Release Date:
4 January 1988 (UK) See more »
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User Reviews:
Sometimes touching, often surprisingly biting and poignant See more (5 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 11)

Prunella Scales ... Sarah France (38 episodes, 1988-1992)
Janine Wood ... Clare France (38 episodes, 1988-1992)
Jonathan Newth ... Russell Bryant (38 episodes, 1988-1992)
Joan Sanderson ... Eleanor Prescott (37 episodes, 1988-1992)
Peggy Ann Wood ... Vera Polling (19 episodes, 1988-1992)

Series Directed by
Peter Frazer-Jones (32 episodes, 1988-1990)
Liddy Oldroyd (6 episodes, 1992)
Series Writing credits
Simon Brett (38 episodes, 1988-1992)

Series Produced by
Peter Frazer-Jones .... producer (32 episodes, 1988-1990)
John Howard Davies .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1992)
Bill Shepherd .... producer (6 episodes, 1992)
Series Film Editing by
Thomas Kavanagh (1 episode, 1988)
Brian Harper (1 episode, 1989)
Roger Holmes (1 episode, 1989)
Dave Lewinton (1 episode, 1989)
Series Production Design by
Philip Blowers (20 episodes, 1988-1990)
Harry Clark (7 episodes, 1989)
David Richens (6 episodes, 1992)
Alex Clarke (5 episodes, 1988)
Series Art Department
Andy Armstrong .... props (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Fraser .... vision engineer (unknown episodes)

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30 min (38 episodes)

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Originally a radio series on BBC Radio 4.See more »
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Version of "Zonder Ernst" (1992)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes touching, often surprisingly biting and poignant, 28 January 2005
Author: smurfboy from United Kingdom

A sitcom about a widow, her mother and her daughter living in three flats under one roof would never get made today - some producer with an eye on the under 25 market would probably insist on it being three young girls flatsharing. But back in the 80s, After Henry was the sort of gentle yet clever sitcom that thrived on British screens. The relationships between Sarah, Eleanor and Claire were so realistic you could imagine they really were related, with Prunella Scales successfully shaking off memories of Sybil Fawlty. Joan Sanderson as Eleanor is the real star here though. Sanderson may have ended up typecast as the slightly snooty, abrupt old woman, but like many typecast actresses, she ended up that way because she played that part so well.

The show seemed to be running slightly short on ideas in its final run, but was still well worth watching. Sadly, Joan Sanderson died just before the 1992 run was transmitted, so the decision over whether to commission a further series was made for ITV. In a way, this may have saved the show from an undignified end, as suburban sitcoms suddenly became very unfashionable in the recession struck early 90s. A shame really, as all ITV's attempts at 'modern' urban sitcoms were appalling.

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