No Place Like Home, 1983
I remember this show well, but felt like some others it overran and lost some of the great humour along the way.
The series was about a middle-aged couple who plan for a quiet life once their children have left home. Sadly, it is not to be. No Place Like Home ran for five series between 1983 and 1987 (forty three episodes).
Arthur and Beryl Crabtree Having raised four children, Arthur and Beryl Crabtree are looking forward to the day when their time, once again would be their own. A second honeymoon is planned as the last of their offspring finally leave home. However, their hopes are soon dashed as one by one the fledglings return to the nest, disillusioned with life in the outside world. For the children there was simply no place like home.
Eldest of the kids was Lorraine (Beverly Adams) who had married Traffic Warden Raymond Codd (Daniel Hill) but quickly cast him aside in the final series. Raymond is replaced by a similar character Roger Duff (Roger Martin) in Lorraine’s affections. There was also Nigel, a medical student, Paul and Tracey (and their assorted girlfriends & boyfriends,) while the Crabtrees’ domestic bliss was also disturbed by their nosy neighbours, the Bottings, particularly the shrieking, animal-loving Vera.
Arthur and Vera’s husband Trevor, often escaped to the greenhouse when things became unbearable, seeking solace in a glass of home-made sherry.
Arthur Crabtree William Gaunt 1 to 5
Beryl Crabtree Patricia Garwood 1 to 5
Nigel Crabtree Martin Clunes 1 to 3
Nigel Crabtree Andrew Charleson 4 to 5
Paul Crabtree Stephen Watson 1 to 3
Tracy Crabtree Dee Sadler 1 to 5
Lorraine Codd Beverly Adams 1 to 5
Raymond Codd Daniel Hill 1 to 4
Vera Botting Marcia Warren 1 to 3
Vera Botting Ann Penfold 5 only
Trevor Botting Michael Sharvell-Martin 1 to 5
Roger Duff Roger Martin 5 only
Created By: Jon Watkins
Original Transmission Dates: 13th December 1983 – 27th October 1987