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On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Hylda Baker Hylda Baker ...  Nellie Pledge 45 episodes, 1968-1973
Jimmy Jewel ...  Eli Pledge 45 episodes, 1968-1973
Joe Gladwin ...  Stan Hardman 45 episodes, 1968-1973
Madge Hindle Madge Hindle ...  Lily Tattersall 44 episodes, 1968-1973
Edward Malin Edward Malin ...  Walter Tattersall 44 episodes, 1968-1973
Freddie Rayner Freddie Rayner ...  Grenville 24 episodes, 1969-1973
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On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert Taylor and Grenville. Transport is provided by Storm the cart horse. Never far away are second cousin Lily and her husband Walter. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes and young women. Written by lovenorwegians

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15 August 1968 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(45 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In November 1969 Hylda Baker released a vocal version of Derek Hilton's instrumental theme tune (Columbia DB 8644), backed by Geoff Love and his orchestra. See more »

Quotes

[to Nellie Pledge - repeated line]
Eli Pledge: You knock-kneed knackered old nose-bag!
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Connections

Remade as Thicker Than Water (1973) See more »

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Vaudeville on TV
12 September 2017 | by AlanjackdSee all my reviews

Never caught this when 1st aired..as I was about 8 and was more interested in pop music like Bay City rollers and stuff...but now I've recaptured the moment on box set DVD.

This has to be the funniest sitcom bar none. Absolute comedy gold from start to finish.

These are the days when you could just forget pc rubbish and just laugh and laugh again...I bet the laugh quota per minute is up there with the best of them.

Why ...when we hear about the "TOP" comedies are we always reminded of Fawlty Towers ans OFAH ?? This is pure and unadulterated perfection .

Hylda Baker just lets herself go and Jimmy Jewel is in on the gag. I'ts interesting to see the non speaking part of Walter is handed on to Gilbert in the sequel called "Not On Your Nellie"!

This is pure vaudeville at it's best ..If you don't like it then you're mad!!


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