Barbara (1995–2003)

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Whether she likes it or not the out-spoken, no-nonsense Yorkshire woman Barbara ('Gwen Taylor') has become the agony aunt, problem-solver for her extended family. Her husband, Ted ('Sam ... See full summary »

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 Barbara Liversidge / ... (29 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Ted Liversidge / ... (29 episodes, 1995-2003)
Benedict Sandiford ...
 Neil Liversidge (26 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Martin Pond (24 episodes, 1999-2003)
Elizabeth Carling ...
 Linda Pond (24 episodes, 1999-2003)
Sherrie Hewson ...
 Jean (21 episodes, 1999-2003)
Madge Hindle ...
 Doreen (20 episodes, 1995-2003)
John Arthur ...
 Phil (16 episodes, 1999-2003)
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Whether she likes it or not the out-spoken, no-nonsense Yorkshire woman Barbara ('Gwen Taylor') has become the agony aunt, problem-solver for her extended family. Her husband, Ted ('Sam Kelly'), has the most amazing of adventures whilst driving his cab everyday whilst her outrageous son-in-law, Martin (Mark Benton), seems to investigate the most bizarre news stories for the local television station. Even at work she can't escape as she gets it in one ear from the other receptionist, Doreen (Madge Hindle), whose husband becomes involved in the most perverse of activities and in the other from her sister Jean (Sherrie Hewson) who positively enjoys relating her latest sexual conquests. Through it all Barbara struggles vainly on hoping one day for a quieter life! Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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The best laughs of the night
30 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Long ISland's WLIW aired a British battle for the best British comedy to fill an upcoming empty spot in their Friday night lineup. The other choices were Father Ted, A Fine Romance, Murder Most Horrid, and Barbara. My vote goes to this innovative recent British import. Gwen Taylor is marvelous and the cast is surprisingly good. I wanted it to win but Father Ted won the vote. Maybe next time, Barbara who is played beautifully by Gwen Taylor from another British comedy, Screaming, and her husband is played by the veteran comedian Sam Kelly. Her sister is played by Sherry and the woman who plays her best friend are both Coronation Street veterans. I like the fact that Barbara is a strong woman, a mother, a wife, a sister, and a friend and not perfect in any of them. I love Jean Alexander, another Coronation Street veteran, playing her mother-in-law too. There are great episodes too like her grandson's christening, her sister's wedding, and whatever you could imagine happens. Mark Benton is memorable as her celebrity son-in-law.


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