With Maureen Lipman at the top of the cast list you would expect a hit show. However despite Maureen Lipman delivering what she does best, this series just didn’t seem to match up to her.
Made by Thames for ITV the show ran for two series of six episodes each. Not a big hit with critics changes were made for series two and there were even rumours of plans for a third. However when series two was savaged by the critics, any planned third series vanished with the show’s cancellation.
Meet Sheila Haddon, a widow whose husband has died 18 months before the start of the first series. Having died without any insurance, to add to her grief she now has to pay off the mortgage of her house (No 20).
In order to manage the mortgage, rather than ask for help, Sheila decides instead to take in young lodgers. Monica, her twenty-year-old student daughter, is enlisted to help with the idea. She brings back her fellow art student Carol, a doctor called Henry, as well as Chris, Hamish, Candy and Frankie.
Sheila also gets many part-time jobs, while her old friend Richard Beamish proposes marriage to her.
Written By: Richard Ommanney, Ian Davidson, Peter Vincent and Alex Shearer
Produced By: Thames Television
Original Transmission Dates: 10th February 1986 – 1st December 1987