Samuel Foster, a hard-working man trying to support his family in a South London multi-storey council flat. The Samuel character was based on the fictional character James Evans Sr. in Good... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ...  Samuel Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Isabelle Lucas Isabelle Lucas ...  Pearl Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Carmen Munroe Carmen Munroe ...  Vilma 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Lenny Henry ...  Sonny Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Sharon Rosita Sharon Rosita ...  Shirley Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Lawrie Mark Lawrie Mark ...  Benjamin Foster 26 episodes, 1976-1977
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Samuel Foster, a hard-working man trying to support his family in a South London multi-storey council flat. The Samuel character was based on the fictional character James Evans Sr. in Good Times. Alongside Beaton, was Canadian actress Isabelle Lucas, portraying Samuel's wife, Pearl Foster (Florida Evans in the original), who gossips with her best friend, Vilma, played by Carmen Munroe. Vilma was originally the character Willona Woods, who in the American version, gossips with Florida on every one inside (and outside) the housing projects, much to James' dismay. Munroe and Beaton would later star in Desmond's as married couple Shirley and Desmond Ambrose.

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Comedy | Family

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UK

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English

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9 April 1976 (UK) See more »

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(27 episodes)
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The UK's first all black comedy series See more »

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Remake of Good Times (1974) See more »

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Friday Fosters
5 November 2002 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

As I remember, it was shown on Fridays and was one of the first sitcoms to feature a black family on mainstream British TV. The other being Love Thy Nieghbour, but that was full of quite offensive language. It was based on the American series Good Times. The late Norman Beaton starred as a harrassed married father of two, a son and daughter, who all live on an estate in South London. Lenny Henry played his troublesome son, who always seemed to be getting into scrapes. Unfortunately only one series was made, and it was only transmitted once according to Beaton. Many series like this one produced during the '70s didn't seem to go the distance, or get support from the TV companies - LWT in this case.


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