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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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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Comedy | Family

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Country:

UK

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rehearsals for the show took place at Putney United Reform Church, London. See more »

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Remade as Niemand de deur uit (1992) See more »

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Life with the Rushs
2 February 2007 | by lovenorwegiansSee all my reviews

This is one of my favourite comedy series of all time, featuring some great scripts and superb acting from all the leads. It possesses some admirably off-beat qualities which help to raise it above the average domestic sitcom, and is complemented by a memorable theme tune. All of the regular characters are skillfully crafted and likable. Their world is steadfastly anchored in the early 1980s and time's winged chariot has passed them by, but the love and harmony so evident within the Rush family is something we can all admire. There are some interesting supporting characters, and the guest cast boasts many fine actors and actresses. No doubt some of the jokes would not make it into the sitcoms of today, but one must bear in mind that what is politically incorrect now has not always been so. This delightful series richly deserves a DVD release and I hope it will not be too long coming.


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