The Two Of Us, 1986
Doctor Who at 60!
As Doctor Who gets ready to mark it’s 60th anniversary we are looking back at some of the Doctor’s comedy connections. Today it’s the turn of second Doctor Patrick Troughton.
The Two Of Us is an often forgotten little gem from ITV starring Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Thirty two episodes screened over four series, usually going out on a Saturday night.
There are some familiar comedy stereo types in the form of the domineering Mother and the downtrodden Father (recognise a similar idea from Sorry !). However this does not distract from the fact it was funny, the star of the show had to be the Grandfather character who is laid back and generally just up for life.
Ashley Phillips is an average twenty something man. He has the usual ambitions: marriage, a house and children. He shares a basement flat with his girlfriend Elaine, a Doctor’s daughter.
Elaine has different ideas. She is fiercely independent and absolutely rejects any idea of marriage. Working in a creche, has left Elaine with absolutely no desire to start a family… at least, not just yet!
Ashley’s life is frequently interrupted by the interference of his overbearing mother, Lilian.
However there is always someone he can turn to for advice on matters of the heart: Perce, his laid-back and lovable Grandad, played by Patrick Troughton of Doctor Who fame. Sadly Troughton died in 1987 and from series three the character was played by Tenniel Evans of the Navy Lark fame.
Ashley – Nicholas Lyndhurst
Elaine – Janet Dibley
Perce – Patrick Troughton (Series 1&2)
Perce – Tenniel Evans (Series 3&4)
Created By: Alex Shearer
Produced By: London Weekend Television for ITV
Original Transmission Dates: 31st October, 1986 – 18th March, 1990