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The Brothers 

Robert Hammond died while "doing the deed" with his secretary/mistress Jennifer. His 3 sons Edward, Brian and David inherit the family trucking company and try to run it.




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Series cast summary:
Jean Anderson ...  Mary Hammond 92 episodes, 1972-1976
Robin Chadwick Robin Chadwick ...  David Hammond 92 episodes, 1972-1976
Jennifer Wilson Jennifer Wilson ...  Jennifer Kingsley / ... 92 episodes, 1972-1976
Derek Benfield ...  Bill Riley 89 episodes, 1972-1976
Richard Easton ...  Brian Hammond 85 episodes, 1972-1976
Patrick O'Connell Patrick O'Connell ...  Edward Hammond 82 episodes, 1973-1976
Hilary Tindall Hilary Tindall ...  Ann Hammond 48 episodes, 1972-1976
Margaret Ashcroft Margaret Ashcroft ...  Gwen Riley 48 episodes, 1974-1976
Colin Baker ...  Paul Merroney 46 episodes, 1974-1976
Gabrielle Drake ...  Jill Hammond / ... 39 episodes, 1972-1974


Robert Hammond died while "doing the deed" with his secretary/mistress Jennifer. His 3 sons Edward, Brian and David inherit the family trucking company and try to run it. Written by <rzg@netvisiob.net.il>

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Release Date:

10 March 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arvingarna See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, London, England, UK

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(92 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Referenced in the Endeavour episode 'Passenger'; a truck driver working for Hammond and Sons Haulage is murdered, and Mr Hammond Sr appears briefly talking to the police. See more »


Featured in The Cult of...: The Brothers (2008) See more »

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A Sunday Night Institution
17 March 2003 | by MarkhoniSee all my reviews

'The Brothers' was a cut-price British precursor to 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty' set in the glamorous, cut-throat world of...truck haulage. This family saga was a BBC Sunday night fixture in the 1970's and acquired cult status, in amongst other countries, the Netherlands and Israel (as confirmed by another contributor). In each run the Hammond brothers faced domestic crises and attempted takeovers from ruthless business rivals - in successive series an abrasive Aussie played by Mark 'Taggart' McManus; the slimey Paul Merrony played by Colin Baker and a bizarre aircraft hire outfit run by the sultry Kate O'Mara and the sozzled Mike Pratt. The Brothers survived losing its leading man, Glynn Owen , early on and the fact that his replacement in the role of Ted Hammond, Edward O'Connell was nothing like him in appearance or character. O'Connell subsequently tried to quit the show to become a painter but was lured back. The beautiful Gabrielle Drake, wife of one of the brothers, quit between series and was promptly bumped off in an off-screen car crash. The show was held together by the redoubtable matriarch Mary Hammond, played by Jean Anderson (later in 'Tenko'), who was an excellent actress and a close friend in real life of her arch-enemy on the show, Jennifer, formerly her late husband's mistress and now married to her eldest son. The show finished rather abruptly while it was still very popular and you got the impression that any other TV station would have flogged the concept for several more series. The BBC later made a sort of camped-up version for the 1980's called 'Howard's Way', set in a boatyard.

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