wilfrid pickles and irene handel star in the itv sitcom for the love of ada

For The Love Of Ada

For The Love Of Ada – 1970

We go right back to the beginning of what was to be a golden decade of sitcoms – 1970 for this often forgotten sitcom.

Written by Vince Powell and Harry Driver, who would later go on to write Love Thy Neighbour.  For The Love of Ada ran for four series and twenty eight episodes between 1970 and 1971.  Broadcast two series each year, the show came to an end with a Christmas Special on 26th December 1971.  A year later Wilfred Pickles and Irene Handl would reprise their roles in a film version.


Ada Cresswell is a Cockney pensioner widow who lives with her daughter Ruth Pollitt  and son-in-law Leslie Pollitt.

Ada starts a relationship with Walter Bingley, the gravedigger who buried her husband, after meeting him at the cemetery while laying flowers on her husband’s grave.

Walter is a stout Yorkshireman whose relationship with Ada slowly changes from one of companionship to one of romance. They get engaged and later marry after which they move in together at his cemetery lodge abode.












Irene Handl
Wilfred Pickles
Barbara Mitchell
Jack Smethurst


Channel: ITV
Written By: Vince Powell and Harry Driver
Produced By: Thames Television for ITV
Original Transmission Dates: 20th April 1970 – 26th December 1971


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