The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »

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Jean Boht Jean Boht ...  Nellie Boswell 74 episodes, 1986-1991
Nick Conway Nick Conway ...  Billy Boswell 74 episodes, 1986-1991
Jonathon Morris Jonathon Morris ...  Adrian Boswell 74 episodes, 1986-1991
Kenneth Waller Kenneth Waller ...  Grandad 74 episodes, 1986-1991
Ronald Forfar Ronald Forfar ...  Freddie Boswell / ... 62 episodes, 1986-1990
Victor McGuire ...  Jack Boswell 61 episodes, 1986-1991
Giles Watling Giles Watling ...  Oswald 49 episodes, 1988-1991
Bryan Murray ...  Shifty Boswell 49 episodes, 1988-1991
Eileen Pollock Eileen Pollock ...  Lilo Lill 43 episodes, 1987-1991
Hilary Crowson Hilary Crowson ...  Julie 41 episodes, 1987-1989
Peter Howitt ...  Joey Boswell 39 episodes, 1986-1988
Gilly Coman Gilly Coman ...  Aveline Boswell 39 episodes, 1986-1988
Pamela Power Pamela Power ...  Martina / ... 37 episodes, 1986-1991
Graham Bickley Graham Bickley ...  Joey Boswell 35 episodes, 1989-1991
Melanie Hill ...  Aveline Boswell 35 episodes, 1989-1991
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The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs. Family life for the Boswells centres around their God-fearing Catholic mother, Nellie. With her husband having left her for "a tart", she relies upon her eldest son, Joey, to play the father's role to her other three sons, Jack, Adrian and Billy, and her daughter Aveline. Their ability to squeeze the DHSS dry, while the boys earn a living on the side, is legendary. But, although the family is the focus of their lives, they each have different reasons to be unhappy!

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1 May 1986 (UK) See more »

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(71 episodes) | (2 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Julie's full name, before her marriage, is Julie Brenda Paula Sharon Jefferson. See more »

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Nellie Boswell: [on having grandchildren] After all, the child might be the only extra Boswell we'll get. Our Jack is too disillusioned, our Joey is too wise, our Adrian is too depressed and Aveline doesn't want to spoil her body. You're the only one thick enough to wade in there.
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Referenced in Room 101: Episode #1.5 (1994) See more »

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This Bread soon went crusty and stale
7 October 2004 | by world_of_weirdSee all my reviews

A sitcom from my childhood that my mother absolutely loved, as did most of my schoolfriends, but as a twelve-year-old fan of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, I couldn't for the life of me understand what all the fuss was about. The show revolved around a supposedly penniless Liverpudlian family, all of whom had their own annoying and oft-repeated catchphrases, and to this day I can't believe how much the audience used to roar with laughter at "She is a tart!" and "All the colours of the rainbow, son". Written by Carla Lane, famous for being paid large sums of money for making nobody laugh (see also BUTTERFLIES and THE LIVER BIRDS), and featuring audience-grabbing but embarrassing cameos from the likes of Paul and Linda McCartney whilst shamelessly playing on every chirpy Scouser stereotype in the book - hey, we're all natural comedians, poets and lovable rogues, don't you know! - this series was a nightmare from start to finish and dragged on far too long. Carla Lane somewhat unrealistically blamed the show's declining popularity on "disloyal ratbag fans" rather than her own tissue-thin scripts and the atrocious, stilted performances from all concerned.


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