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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Series cast summary:
Jean Boht Jean Boht ...  Nellie Boswell 74 episodes, 1986-1991
Nick Conway Nick Conway ...  Billy Boswell 74 episodes, 1986-1991
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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Trivia

Grandad actor Kenneth Waller was actually 14 years younger than the character he played. Grandad was born in 1913 while Mr Waller was born in 1927. See more »

Quotes

Billy Boswell: I've got a common wife-in-law and a baby, you know.
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80's Liverpudlian comedy
22 February 2000 | by Virgil-14See all my reviews

Comedy set in a Liverpool household, about a family that scrimp and scrape to earn a living. The moral of the story is they sit around the dinner table arguing. Ron Forfar who plays the Dad, Freddie Boswell is a down on his luck nagged man after his affair with 'the tart' as his wife calls her. Not a sitcom that lives long in the memory.


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