Father Dear Father, 1968
Produced by Thames Television; Father Dear Father ran for 7 series over 5 years totalling 45 episodes and was a regular ratings winner for ITV. The series returned like a number of successful sitcoms for an Australian version in 1978.
Patrick Cargill plays a divorced thriller writer, Patrick Glover, who finds himself responsible for the welfare and upbringing of his irrepressible teenage daughters Anna and Karen.
The two lively dolly-birds are always up to something, and their lively exploits cause Patrick many a difficult and embarrassing moment. He’s sometimes driven almost to distraction by their constant teasing and, to him, shockingly modern outlook on love, sex and marriage.
Helping Patrick keep Anna and Karen in order is the patient and much put-upon housekeeper, Nanny, but the real power in the household is the family’s splendid St Bernard dog, H.G. Wells.
Directed By: William G. Stewart
Original Run: 5 November 1968 – 6 February 1973
Spin Offs: A Movie version of the same name was released in 1973 and a sequel series Father Dear Father in Australia followed in 1978.