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I Didn't Know You Cared 

The life and times of the Brandon family which is often hilarious. Mr. Brandon (John Comer), Mrs. Brandon (Liz Smith) and Uncle Mort (Robin Bailey) accompanied by Carter Brandon (Stephen ... See full summary »


Peter Tinniswood




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1979   1978   1976   1975  


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Series cast summary:
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ...  Uncle Mort 27 episodes, 1975-1979
John Comer ...  Mr Brandon / ... 27 episodes, 1975-1979
Liz Smith ...  Mrs Brandon / ... 27 episodes, 1975-1979
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ...  Linda Preston 18 episodes, 1975-1979
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ...  Carter Brandon 14 episodes, 1978-1979
Liz Goulding Liz Goulding ...  Pat 14 episodes, 1978-1979
Bert Palmer Bert Palmer ...  Uncle Staveley 14 episodes, 1975-1978
Stephen Rea ...  Carter Brandon 13 episodes, 1975-1976
Anita Carey Anita Carey ...  Pat 13 episodes, 1975-1976


The life and times of the Brandon family which is often hilarious. Mr. Brandon (John Comer), Mrs. Brandon (Liz Smith) and Uncle Mort (Robin Bailey) accompanied by Carter Brandon (Stephen Rea) and his fiancé Pat (Anita Carey) live in South Yorkshire. The series starts with Uncle Mort becoming a widower and moving in with the Brandon family. The humour is very Northern but some of the situations that arise from this family are very funny. Their world seems to revolve around Unsworth's Pork Pies. Enough said.

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Release Date:

27 August 1975 (UK) See more »

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(27 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remarkably the 1973 source novel "I Didn't Know You Cared" sees Uncle Mort's friend Vernon Collinson make a passing reference to "the celebrated light comedian Leslie Sarony." Sarony would go on to play Uncle Staveley during the final season of the show six years later. See more »


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This is an excellent example of 1970's sitcom at its best
6 January 2007 | by eric-johansenSee all my reviews

I have always remembered this series so it is great to have it available on DVD. Looking at it again has confirmed that, yes it is dated, but it is also wonderful. I have read the books and thought they were great. The TV series is different but I think even better. I have seen a comment elsewhere that they were slow which I think is a recommendation. As an evocation of a different time, albeit a bit off off the wall, I think it is great. The humour is dark but gentle and the lines from series 1 programme 5 in the conversation about having "relations" with an ugly woman are priceless. I think it benefits from only having had 4 series - it is said that it was badly affected by having Last of the summer wine being similar and in competition with it but I think that LOSW is a good example of what can happen when a series goes on too long. Thankfully Tinniswood's efforts ended at the right time.

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