Another forgotten comedy, presented here as a tribute to Lewis Collins, who, probably best remembered for his role as Bodie in The Professionals, passed away in 2013.  The Cuckoo Waltz was made by Granada Television for ITV and ran for 26 episodes over 4 series between 1975 and 1977 and the final series in 1980.


The series which was set in 1970s and (early 1980s) Manchester and dealt with the comic complications that ensue when impoverished newlyweds Chris and Fliss Hawthorne take in a lodger, newly single Gavin Rumsey, to help with their finances.  Up until now they have lead a simple, but happy life with their twin babies, however the new lodger soon makes himself at home filing the house with expensive furniture, flashy gadgets and a succession of decorative young ‘temps’ – and Chris and Fliss are left feeling distinctly squeezed out…




Chris Hawthorne – David Roper
Fliss Hawthorne – Diane Keen
Gavin Rumsey – Lewis Collins (series 1-3)
Ian Saynor – Adrian Lockett (series 4)


Created By: Geoffrey Lancashire
Channel: ITV
Original Run: 27 October 1975 – 14 March 1977 (series1-3), 3 July -14 August 1980 (series 4)
Repeats: The series was repeated on the now extinct Granada Plus Satellite channel in the late 1990’s to early-mid 2000’s


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