All At No. 20. Image shows from L to R: Sheila Haddon (Maureen Lipman), Monica Haddon (Lisa Jacobs). Image credit: Thames Television.

All At No. 20

Widower Sheila Haddon makes the momentous decision to take in lodgers to make ends meet

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1986 - 1987  (ITV)
Episodes:
12 (2 series)
Starring:
Maureen Lipman, Gary Waldhorn, Lisa Jacobs, Gabrielle Glaister, Martin Clunes, Gregory Doran, Carol Hawkins, David Bannerman
Writers:
Ian Davidson, Peter Vincent, Richard Ommanney
Production:
Thames Television

It's 18 months since Sheila Haddon's husband died and because he had no life insurance she is left with a hefty mortgage on No. 20, and the company of her daughter, Monica. With the prospect of having to sell her home on the horizon, Sheila looks at her options. She is too independent to call upon the help of old family friend, Richard, but thinks she may have found the solution by renting out rooms in the house.

Our Review: Although the star delivered her usual high-class performance this comedy failed to match her. Despite some mildly interesting members of the household they were largely unable to provide the laughs this show needed. A second series saw wholesale changes in both cast and crew but just added to the disappointment.