It’s Awfully Bad For Your Eyes Darling, 1971

It’s Awfully Bad For Your Eyes Darling had first appeared as a pilot episode in April 1971, before going on to run for a six part series later the same year.

It marked an early TV appearance for a young Joanna Lumley.  It’s also notable for an appearance as actor from someone who would go on to have significant success as a sitcom writer : Jeremy Lloyd.  It’s also notable for one of the series’ writers who herself went on to become a famous author of romance novels: Jilly Cooper.

Sadly like many shows of the time only one episode is still believed to exist in the archives.


The series revolved around four posh young women sharing a flat in London.







Joanna Lumley – Samantha Ryder-Ross
Jane Carr – Gillian Page-Wood’ Pudding’
Elizabeth Knight – Clover  Mason
Jennifer Croxton – Virginia Watter
Jeremy Lloyd – Bobby Dutton


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Jilly Cooper and Christopher Bond
Original Transmission Dates: 15th April 1971 (pilot), 18th November – 30th December 1971 (series)


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