A brand new comedy-drama from David Nobbs, author of
A Bit Of A Do among many other triumphs.
George Rudge (Dennis Quilley, unexpectedly funny for an actor usually associated with straight roles) is the widowed owner of a biscuit factory, pompous, set in his ways and lonely. He has three difficult teenagers and an aged father (Lionel Jeffries) who talks about nothing but sex. Julia Merrygrove (Patricia Hodge) is a divorcee with two difficult teenage children, a mother (Jean Alexander) who's obsessed with snooker and a prat of an ex-husband.
In the final episode, the love affair between George and Julia is still beset with problems, some of their own making and others created by their troublesome families. Neither of them can put aside their high-minded principles long enough to give their relationship a chance. Even when they arrive in London for their much-delayed romantic weekend, the touchy subject of the factory crèche causes temperatures to rise. Meanwhile, back, in Yorkshire, Grandpa Rudge (Lionel Jeffries) and Granny Trellis's friendship is on the line again when he admits that his much trumpeted adventures in India are as unreal as his love of snooker. Out of the window goes the last days of the Raj and in come stink bombs and whoopee cushions . .
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Recaps1x1: Sex and Snooker recap
: This comedy drama series is cause for a small celebration because it is writer David Nobbs' first offering since the sublime A Bit of a Do. It boasts an exceptionally strong cast, headed by Patricia Hodge, Lionel Jeffries, Denis Quilley and Jean Alexander, and centres on the relationship between two families in a middle-class Yorkshire town. The story springs from a chance meeting at a petrol station between Julia Merrygrove (Hodge), a bitter, divorced and partly-liberated mother of two teenagers; and George Rudge (Quilley), a widowed father of three and the chauvinistic boss at Rudge Brothers biscuit factory/where she works. Their first encounter doesn't augur well for the future and neither does their second meeting. But gradually their lives and those of their families, Including Julia's snooker-mad mother (Alexander) and George's sex-mad father (Jeffries), become entwined. Somewhere in the middle of it all are Julia's ex-husband (the excellent Ray Lonnen), his girlfriend Nikki, George's besotted secretary and one Colin Pink from the biscuit factory's packing department. Wry humour galore, with a down-to-earth Hodge veering neatly away from her more familiar image as a well-bred English rose... read more.