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Come Back Mrs. Noah 

A 21st century British housewife wins a visit to Britain's new space station but accidentally gets stranded up in orbit on board it with its motley crew.




1978   1977  


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Series cast summary:
Mollie Sugden ...  Mrs. Gertrude Noah 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Ian Lavender ...  Clive Cunliffe 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Donald Hewlett ...  Carstairs 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Michael Knowles ...  Fanshaw 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Ann Michelle ...  Scarth Dare / ... 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Joe Black Joe Black ...  Garstang 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Jennifer Lonsdale Jennifer Lonsdale ...  Technician / ... 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Gorden Kaye ...  Television Presenter / ... 6 episodes, 1977-1978
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ...  Garfield Hawk 5 episodes, 1978


In 2050, British housewife Gertrude Noah wins a cookery competition, and the prize is a tour of Britannia Seven, the UK's new Space Exploration Vehicle. In the pilot episode, the craft is accidentally sent blasting off into space with Mrs Noah and a small crew on it. The series then centres on efforts to bring Mrs Noah back to Earth. The news bulletins on Earth, read by Gorden Kaye, revealed countries like the United States and Germany had to turn to Britain, the most successful nation on Earth, for help. After a failed effort to nudge the craft into the Earth's atmosphere, the series concluded with Mrs. Noah, and crew, careering off uncontrollably to the depths of space.

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Release Date:

13 December 1977 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Vicki Michelle was also seen for the role of Scarth Dare. See more »


Featured in Funny Women: Mollie Sugden (1999) See more »


Come Back Mrs. Noah
Written by David Croft
Performed by Ian Lavender
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Give it a chance - it's excellent...
21 September 2010 | by rexbonitasSee all my reviews

A little gem of a comedy from 1977 – written by Lloyd and Croft ( 'Are You Being Served' etc ) and Starring Molly Sugden, Ian Lavender and the two 'silly arse' officers from 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'. Virtually impossible to track down on video or DVD CBMN is the unlikely story of Housewife Gertrude Noah who is accidentally blasted in to Earth orbit with a few crew members of Great Britain's first space station.

The comedy is dated and old fashioned… by which I mean it's very funny! People say funny things and the viewer laughs – a concept sadly lacking in modern sitcoms. Certainly the jokes are crude and vulgar – in a traditional and hilariously smutty way like the 'Carry On' movies. Essentially if you've seen 'Are You Being Served' then you'll know exactly what to expect. I need hardly mention that there are no swear words whatsoever.

Special effects are hardly 2001 though there is an excellent scene where Sugden and Lavender are 'lying; in bed but it is a clever trick involving the camera lying on it's side giving the effect of cups and liquids flying horizontally instead of downwards – the results are side-splitting.

Jokes come from word-play, double entendres, bizarre inventions, silly costumes, class conflict – everything you expect from Lloyd and Croft.

There is no doubt in my mind that Rob Grant and Doug Naylor ( Creators 'Red Dwarf') watched this programme in their formative years as there are so many similarities and parallels even down to the appearance and behaviour of Kryten. A 'holodeck' also appears decades before the one in Star Trek.

If you like 'Are You Being Served' and 'Dad's Army' then ignore the knockers ( oops ) and do try to take a look at this.

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