The Lovers, 1970

Running for 13 episodes over 2 series between 1970 and 1971 The Lovers was a sitcom about a mismatched couple Beryl and Geoffrey and their relationship. The Lovers was an instant hit with the viewing public and rarely out of the top ten programs on its original transmission.

In common with many sitcoms of the day a feature film of the same name feraturing the original TV cast was released in 1973.


Beryl and Geoffrey are a young couple who, amidst all the joys and heartaches, often feel they are going in completely different directions. Beryl dreams of a white wedding (in its fullest sense) whilst Geoffrey wants what most young men want (beside football, that is) and is forever trying to get Beryl in bed to stake a claim to what he believes is rightfully his. – except he is secretly scared by the prospect.

Whilst Geoffrey keeps trying to get Beryl into bed, he is secretly scared by the prospect.  Beryl, too, has mixed feelings and the two play a continual game of verbal sexual cat-and-mouse which goes nowhere but is as exhausting as the act itself.





Paula Wilcox
Richard Beckinsale
Robin Nedwell
John Scott


Channel: ITV
Written By: Jack Rosenthal and Geoffrey Lancashire
Directed By: Jack Rosenthal and Les Chatfield
Original Run: 27 October 1970 – 18 November 1971


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