Duo still a de­light for sit­com fans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & dvd/blu-ray - Happy Ever Af­ter: Com­plete Col­lec­tion Sim­ply Me­dia, DVD, 8-disc set £44.99

SURELYBri­tain’sbest ever­do­mes­tic­sit­com team was the won­der­ful Terry Scott and June Whit­field, and this will de­light fans who still miss them.

Happy Ever Af­ter ran from 1974 to 1979 across 41 episodes, in­cludi ng the Com­edy Play­house pi­lot and the Christ­mas spe­cials, whichare­allincluded here.

It led, of course, to thele­gendary Terry & June show which ran from 1979 to 1987, and was essen­tially the same with dif­fer­ent sup­port­ing char­ac­ters, a new lo­ca­tion, and a dif­fer­ent sur­name. Terry and June play a mid­dle- aged, mid­dle­class cou­ple left in an empty nest when their daugh­ters leave home. But it, hi­lar­i­ously, makes room for Aunt Lucy (Beryl Cooke) and her talk­ing my­nah bird. Who was Terry’s firstTV­part­ner? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Happy com­pe­ti­tion. THE BBC got three bites of the Z-Cars ap­ple with Softly Softly, then­this spin off(1969 to 1976). It was an early colour hit with favourites DCI Bar­low (Stratford Johns), DIWatt(FrankWind­sor) andDSHar­ryHawkins(Nor­man Bowler) pro­moted to a new ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tions team in fic­tional Thames­ford. It was the bridge­be­tweenDock­Greenand The Sweeney.

In which soap did Nor­man Bowler play Frank Tate? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Softly comp.

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