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Dudley Rush is an artist with a difference. Eccentric and childlike, he insists of wearing his large lion ventriloquist glove-puppet on his hand whenever he draws the "Barney, the Bionic ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Gillespie ...  Dudley Rush 31 episodes, 1980-1983
Stacy Dorning ...  Susan Rush 31 episodes, 1980-1983
Glyn Houston ...  Duncan Thomas 27 episodes, 1980-1983
Pauline Yates Pauline Yates ...  Muriel Rush 25 episodes, 1980-1982
Sabina Franklyn ...  Jacqui Rush 18 episodes, 1981-1983
Jenny Quayle ...  Jacqui Rush 13 episodes, 1980
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Dudley Rush is an artist with a difference. Eccentric and childlike, he insists of wearing his large lion ventriloquist glove-puppet on his hand whenever he draws the "Barney, the Bionic Bulldog" comic strip. Unhappy about having to spend what he considers valuable time working, he always procrastinates, which leads to him being late meeting the strip's deadlines. This frustrates his long-suffering agent, Duncan Thomas, who often falls victim to Dudley's practical jokes. Duncan frequently visits the Rush home; it's quite obvious that he's strongly attracted to Dudley's lovely wife Muriel, which drives Dudley to bouts of excessive jealousy. Dudley is also annoyed at the excessive number of Muriel's delicious cakes that Duncan delightedly tucks into when he visits. With Dudley, Muriel, and their attractive daughters Jackie and Susan, all being blessed with their own wonderfully weird, ready wit, life at the Rushes' is never dull. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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English

Release Date:

7 January 1980 (UK) See more »

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En familia See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Every episode was recorded in Studio One at Teddington Studios. See more »

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Remade as Too Close for Comfort (1980) See more »

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A forgotten gem
15 June 2008 | by Sander-KieselSee all my reviews

Although we only saw the first few seasons of this very funny series here in the Netherlands, I'm sure the rest was as nice to watch as well. After all those years I vividly remember those crazy situations caused by another desperate attempt by Robert Gillespie to stretch the deadline for his cartoon. The one with the answering machine is just great. I really do not understand why we saw this series only once, while other comedies almost are burned in in my TV screen. When I see the ratings here, I'm not the only one who loves this comedy. Why isn't there a complete DVD box available? Subtitled please! The same goes for 'Never the Twain' by the way.


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