Hard to believe, it’s pushing close to 40 years (well 36 if we want to be precise) since this much loved sitcom hit our screens. Sadly Terry Scott is no longer with us but June Whitfield has just hit 90 and still going strong.
The follow up to Happy Ever After, Terry and June ran for 65 episodes over 9 series.
The show was generally regarded by critics as a” bland middle-class sitcom”, however, it was a great favourite with viewers, and achieved viewing figures three times those of any of the ‘alternative’ comedies of the era.
In 2004, it came 73rd in a poll to find Britain’s Best Sitcom, jointly with Happy Ever After.
If this isn’t in your DVD collection it should be as despite it’s critics like Last of the Summer Wine it’s as funny today as when first broadcast, one of those shows you can sit and watch and find yourself chuckling along.
Terry and June Medford are a middle-class couple who live at 71, Popular Avenue in Purley, Surrey. They are in their late 40s and have a daughter Wendy, who is married to Roger; both are rarely seen. Terry’s nephew, Alan Medford, pays occasional visits when he always causes some form of trouble. Terry is headstrong and determined, although his plans and schemes usually end in disaster. June, whilst very patient of Terry, is usually doubtful about his ideas.
Terry works for “Playsafe Fire Extinguishers and Appliances”, and his boss is Malcolm Harris. Malcolm frequently has affairs and he and his wife Beattie, a friend of June, frequently argue. The owner of Terry’s company is Sir Dennis Hodge, a grumpy man who rules the company with a rod of iron. His personal secretary of over 20 years is Miss Nora Fennell, whose fondness for Sir Dennis is not returned.
For the first two series, their neighbours are Brian and Tina Pillbeam. In the third to sixth series, the Medfords’ neighbours are Tarquin and Melinda Spry. Terry and Tarquin are frequently competing against each other.
Written by: John Kane (there were 7 other writers involved in occasional episodes)
Original Transmission Dates: 24 thOctober 1979 – 31st August 1987
- Terry Scott- Terence ‘Terry’ Medford
- June Whitfield – June Medford
- Reginald Marsh- Sir Dennis Hodge
- Terence Alexander – Malcolm Harris (series 1 and 2)
- Tim Barrett – Malcolm Harris (1980 Special to series 7)
- John Quayle – Malcolm Harris (series 8 and 9)
- Rosemary Frankau – Beattie Harris
- Joanna Henderson – Miss Nora Fennell (series 3 to 5; 8 to 9)
The BBC planned a feature length film Terry and June the Movie but nothing ever came of it.